Aquino expects early completion of TPLEX

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Monday, December 23, 2013


PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III on Monday expressed hope for the early completion of the P24-billion Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX), saying this will help boost trade and tourism in central and northern Luzon provinces.

Aquino led on Monday the inauguration of the Tarlac City-Gerona-Paniqui Section of the TPLEX Project, which is under a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) program being undertaken by an all-Filipino consortium.

During his speech, the President said that the opening of the Tarlac City-Gerona-Paniqui Section of the expressway would provide faster, safer, and convenient travel for motorists.

“Ang pagbubukas na ito ay maagang, at talaga namang maagang, aguinaldo sa libu-libo nating kababayan, lalo na para sa mga minamahal kong kapwa Tarlaqueño. Hatid nito ang ginhawa sa biyahe, hindi lang ngayong Pasko, kundi maging sa darating pang mga taon,” he said.

“Walang duda: Ang Tarlac City-Gerona-Paniqui section ng Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway o TPLEX project ay patunay sa mabuting ibinubunga ng pagtutulungan ng pamahalaan at ng pribadong sektor sa paghahatid ng serbisyo sa ating mamamayan,” he added.

San Miguel Corporation, through its subsidiary Private Infrastructure Development Corporation or PIDC, is eyeing the completion of the entire length of TPLEX by 2015, three years ahead of the original 2018 target.

Once completed, the 88.85-kilometer expressway, from end-to-end, will traverse 17 towns and two cities—Tarlac and Urdaneta City—across four provinces: Tarlac, Pangasinan, La Union and Nueva Ecija.

The total length of the TPLEX that is currently operational is 23 kilometers with the opening of the Paniqui exit. Last October, PDIC opened for public the project’s 17-kilometer Phase 1A from Tarlac City to Victoria, then to Gerona.

“Oktubre pa lang, umarangkada na ang mga benepisyong dulot ng pagbubukas natin ng bahagi ng TPLEX. Ngayon, 20 minuto na lang ang biyahe na inaabot dati ng isang oras mula Tarlac City hanggang Gerona,” President Aquino said.

"Para sa 8,000 motorista kada araw na nakikinabang sa hatid nitong mas mabilis at maaliwalas na paglalakbay, talagang napakagandang proyekto nito. Sa pagbubukas ng bahaging ito ng TPLEX hanggang Paniqui, 30 minuto na lang ang dating isang oras at sampung minutong biyahe mula sa Tarlac City, at iyon po’y kung walang traffic," he added.

The 27-kilometer stretch from Paniqui to Moncada in Tarlac, then from Carmen to Pangasinan, is currently under construction and is expected to be completed as early as April next year. The remaining 25.83-kilometer section from Urdaneta City to Rosario, La Union, is expected to be finished by 2015.

The President said that once the Section 1 of TPLEX is completed next year, travel time from Tarlac City to Rosales, Pangasinan, will only take 30 minutes. The entire length of TPLEX, on the other hand, will reduce travel time from Tarlac to La Union to only one hour.

"Talagang biyaya po ito sa humigit-kumulang 20,000 mga biyaherong maseserbisyuhan nito kada araw. At sa pagbilis ng transportasyon dito sa Tarlac, lalong papaspas ang turismo, komersyo, at mga serbisyo sa ating bayan at sa mga karatig-probinsya. Ang resulta: paglago ng ating lokal na ekonomiya na magbubukas ng maraming pinto ng pagkakataon para sa ating mga kababayan," he said. (SDR/Sunnex)

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