Aquino creates body to fast-track project to decongest Edsa

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Friday, January 17, 2014


PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has formed the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 Project Coordinating Committee to accelerate the completion of the project to decongest Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (Edsa) and the major roads in Metro Manila.

The Chief Executive created the committee by virtue of Memorandum Order No. 66 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. on January 6.

Under the Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016, the government aims to accelerate the provision of safe, efficient, reliable, cost-effective, and sustainable infrastructure.

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"One of the major thematic areas in transport set as the primary focus of both public and private investment is the decongestion of Metro Manila," the President said.

The Skyway Stage 3 Project is seen to decongest Edsa and major roads in Metro Manila.

Aquino stressed the need to create a Coordinating Committee to ensure the fastest possible completion of the construction of the project, and coordinate the various government agencies, local government units and private entities concerned.

The President said a representative from the Office of the Executive Secretary will chair the committee.

Representatives from the Department of Transportation and Communications – Toll Regulatory Board, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Energy, Office of the Solicitor General, National Power Corporation, National Transmission Corporation, Metropolitan Manila Sewerage System, National Telecommunications Commission, National Housing Authority, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor, Commission on Human Rights and Metro Manila Development Authority as members of the committee.

The chairperson may call upon any department, bureau, office, agency, or instrumentality of the government, including government-owned or -controlled corporations, local government units, non-government organizations and the private sector for assistance as the circumstances and exigencies may require.

The committee shall act as the coordinating body between the various government agencies, local government units and private sector to facilitate the completion of the construction of the project. It shall identify bottlenecks and measures to address them.

It shall identify specific ways, and perform every act necessary and expedient to facilitate the completion of the construction of the project within the accelerated schedule.

The committee shall establish a secretariat to service its technical and administrative requirements which shall be composed of personnel detailed to the Committee from member agencies with the committee chairperson determining the number desired and duration of their assignment.

It shall perform such other functions and activities as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this order, or as the President may direct.

The committee shall cease to exist upon the completion of the construction of the project.

The member-agencies of the committee are authorized to charge against their current appropriations such amounts as may be necessary for the implementation of this order.

Additional funds and possible fund sources as may be necessary for the implementation of this order shall be identified and provided for by the Department of Budget and Management subject to the approval of the President.

The committee shall submit a report to the Office of the President (OP) on the status of the implementation of the project within 30 days from the date of effectivity of this order, and every quarter thereafter.

This order shall take effect immediately. (SDR/Sunnex)

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