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PNoy wants LRT 1 extension project finished by 2015

March 27, 2012 12:59pm

(Updated 5:54 p.m.) Residents living south of Metro Manila can expect easier transportation soon after the government approved the extension of the LRT Line 1 up to Bacoor town in Cavite — a project President Benigno Aquino III wants finished by 2015.

“If I haven’t ridden on it by 2015, I will be very severely disappointed,” Aquino said in his speech during the Philippine Investment Forum in Makati City Tuesday.

He said he has “full faith that Transportation and Communication Secretary Mar Roxas will have this extension operational at the soonest possible time.”.
 
The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board, chaired by President Benigno Aquino III, agreed last week to bid out the LRT Line 1 South Extension project, which will be funded by both the government and the public sector.
 
Inaasahan natin na i-extend natin itong light rail system natin. ‘Yung LRT 1 will go up to Bacoor,” the President said in a statement.
 
The P61.53-billion public-private partnership (PPP) project will be financed with P30.93 billion from the private sector and P30.59 billion from the government.
 
The project seeks to add additional eight stations to the current 15-kilometer train line, which runs from Roosevelt Avenue in Quezon City to Baclaran at the border of Pasay City and Parañaque City.
 
The proposed additional LRT 1 stations are:
  • Redemptorist Station on Redemptorist St., Roxas Boulevard;
  • MIA Station near the Coastal Mall in Roxas Boulevard;
  • Asia World Station near Asia World Development in Roxas Boulevard;
  • Ninoy Aquino Station on the east side of Ninoy Aquino Bridge that passes through Paranaque River;
  • Dr. Santos Station, south of Dr. Santos Road; 
  • Las Piñas Station, east of Quirino Avenue and south of Las Pinas River;
  • Zapote station, north of Alabang-Zapote flyover, and;
  • Niyog Station, south of intersection of Niyog Road bypass and Aguinaldo Highway.
 
Two provisional stations, one located at Manuyo Uno in Las Piñas City and Talaba in Cavite, are also being proposed.

Aquino believes the extension of LRT 1 will “open the gates a little wider between Metro Manila’s and not just Cavite but the entire Calabarzon (Cavite- Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon) region’s economies.”
 
In a separate statement, NEDA Director-General Cayetano Paderanga Jr. said the bidding for the project will be conducted within the year to be able to start the construction as soon as possible.
 
He added that the LRT 1 south extension project is part of the government’s plan for “inclusive and sustainable growth through creating more employment opportunities and investing massively in infrastructure.” Andreo Calonzo and Amita O. Legaspi/KG/KBK, GMA News
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