Aquino to lead the launching of Skyway Stage 3 project

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014. Filed under: Philippine News
President Benigno S. Aquino III graces the Inauguration of the Tarlac City-Gerona-Paniqui Section of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La union Expressway Project at the Toll Operation center in Barangay San Pascual, Tarlac City, Tarlac on Monday (December 23). (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III graces the Inauguration of the Tarlac City-Gerona-Paniqui Section of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La union Expressway Project at the Toll Operation center in Barangay San Pascual, Tarlac City, Tarlac on Monday (December 23). (MNS photo)

MANILA, Jan 20 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III will lead this week the launching of the Skyway Stage 3 project in a bid to decongest traffic in Metro Manila, a Palace official said on Monday.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in the regular press briefing that the Skyway Stage 3, a 14.8-kilometer expressway, will connect the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) to the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX).

The skyway will stretch from Buendia (now known as Senator Gil Puyat Avenue) , Makati City to Balintawak, Quezon City, Lacierda said.

Expected to be completed in 2017, Lacierda said the project is a tangible sign of the progress that can be attained when the public and private sector work together. He said the Skyway Stage 3 will not only benefit Metro Manila residents by decongesting traffic but will also stimulate trade and travel throughout Luzon.

Lacierda said the President will also be the guest of honor at the 65th anniversary of the Insurance Commission, and meet with around 250 participants of the Winter Escapade of the Ambassadors, Consuls General, and Tourism Directors Tour (ACGTDT) Philippine Country Team in Canada.

“These ACGTDT visits take place every year, not only to give Filipinos and their families residing abroad the chance to tour Metro Manila and other notable destinations, but also to foster a stronger sense of nationalism,” he stressed.

“The events of this week recall what President Aquino said in his New Year’s message: “In the remaining chapters of our term, we will not waste a single second; every meaningful contribution of every Filipino will help us to win the fight to achieve true progress,” Lacierda said.

The Aquino administration also encouraged all Filipinos to take part in “One Nation in Prayer,” at 5 p.m. Monday in the Malacañan Palace grounds.

The President will lead the Filipino people in the holding of interfaith prayer in remembrance of the lives lost to the tragedies of 2013.

“The President, together with survivors of the Zamboanga Siege, Bohol earthquake, and Typhoon Yolanda, as well as representatives of different faiths, government, and civil society, will lead the interfaith prayer to draw the strength and determination our country needs to press on and realize our shared aspirations, despite the challenges we have surpassed and the challenges that remain,” Lacierda said.

“We have every confidence that the extraordinary spirit our country displayed in overcoming the challenges of 2013 will carry over to this year. The prayers we offer this afternoon will be matched with the determination and hard work necessary for our hopes to be fulfilled,” Lacierda said.

“As we commemorate the tragedies and challenges of the past, we do so with the firm resolve to do all we can for our countrymen—not only to accelerate rebuilding and recovery in affected areas, but also to spur meaningful, inclusive growth across the entire archipelago,” he said. PND (MNS)

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