February 28, 2018
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Department of Finance (DOF) signed today a 9.399B yen Loan Agreement for the Arterial Road Bypass Project, Phase III to help ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila and its adjoining areas, and boost investments in the long-term.
"We continue to support the Philippines' Build, Build, Build Program through this project, and we're confident that once constructed, this bypass road will help create new growth centers outside Metro Manila and enhance mobility of many Filipinos," said JICA Chief Representative Susumu Ito.
The project, according to JICA, is composed of three phases to feature construction of 14.65 kilometer two-lane bypass road from North Luzon Expressway Balagtas Exit (First Phase); 9.96 kilometer bypass road from Phase I to PJFH in San Rafael, Bulacan (Second Phase); and expansion of the entire bypass road from two to four lanes at 24.61 kilometers (Third Phase).
Phase I of the Project is already completed and open to traffic while the Phase II is expected to be completed by second quarter of 2018. Both were also financed by JICA.
The four-lane bypass road project, which will commence May 2018, will pass through the Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway (PJFH) and will help deliver time savings of 45 to 50 minutes for commuters coming from northern part of Metro Manila traveling to the south.
Aside from the bypass project, JICA is likewise assisting the Philippine government through the construction of the 38-kilometer North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) and the 25-kilometer Mega Manila Subway connecting Mindanao Avenue to FTI in the south to help address traffic gridlock.
Since the 1970s, JICA has been supporting the Philippines' transport infrastructure development in Metro Manila and Surrounding Areas via the following cooperation projects: Central Luzon Link Expressway, Arterial Road Bypass, Capacity Enhancement of Mass Transit Systems, Metro Manila Interchange, Metro Manila Priority Bridges Seismic Improvement, and the new Communications Navigation Surveillance / Air Traffic Management Systems (CNS/ATM).