Traveling from Manila to Rizal might be different in the future as the government plans to put an expressway over Pasig River.
WHAT IS 'PAREX'?The Pasig River Expressway (PAREX) is a proposed expressway in Metro Manila, Philippines that will skirt the banks of the Pasig River and connect the City of Manila with the province of Rizal. The expressway is being planned to decongest traffic and to cure the pollution of the Pasig River.
On August 6, 2020, the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB), an agency under the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has declared the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) Toll Road 5 and Pasig River Expressway (PAREX) projects as toll road projects.
PROJECT PROPOSALIn a TRB resolution dated 29 June 2020, the two road projects were declared as toll roads upon the request of, and based on the proposal submitted by the joint venture (JV) of the Philippine National Construction Corporation (PNCC) and San Miguel Holdings Corporation (SMHC).
With the declaration of the two (2) projects as toll roads, the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the TRB, composed of representatives from the DOTr, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Finance (DOF), and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), as well as the private sector, is now in discussion with the Joint Venture on the technical, financial, and legal details of the 2 projects that will lead to the finalization of the concession agreement.
The proposed 19.365 km PAREX aims to connect Manila with the province of Rizal with a 6-lane elevated expressway that will traverse the entirety of the Pasig River.
The PAREX, which is also a joint agreement project between the PNCC and the SMHC, starts from Radial Road 10 in Manila and will end at a connection to the South East Metro Manila Expressway at Circumferential Road 6 (C6).
Once completed, PAREX will be composed of three segments:
- Segment 1 (R-10 to Plaza Azul) – 5.74 kilometers.
- Plaza Azul to San Juan River (MMSS3) – 2.70 kms.
- Segment 2 (San Juan River to C5 Intersection) – 7.325 kms.
- Segment 3 (C5 Intersection – C6 Intersection)- 6.30 kms.