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Mar

Sangley international gateway project to address air, sea and road congestion

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Manila Bulletin

The Sangley gateway project of All-Asia Resources and Reclamation Corporation (ARRC) will help solve the airport, seaport and traffic congestion in NAIA, South Harbor and the roads of Metro Manila. It will also result in new “cities” being developed where NAIA and port area are.

“Our proposed project will make Metro Manila and its surrounding environs a better place to live, work, and travel in. You will see almost no container trucks on the road and going to the airport will be easier because Sangley is the best location there is,” said Wilson Tieng, ARRC vice chairman, in  a presentation before members of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

It will take only a few minutes from Roxas Blvd. to the proposed international airport. He added: “Roxas Blvd. is also accessible via the Skyway from Muntinlupa and with the soon-to-be completed connector road, even from North Luzon Expressway and port area.”

ARRC expects to finish without using a single government centavo the airport component of the gateway project within five years from getting the notice to proceed. This includes the reclamation portion which a huge Chinese company will undertake on a turnkey basis, he said.

But before this, he said AARC also submitted a separate unsolicited proposal to rehabilitate and develop the current Danilo Atienza airport in Sangley to absorb Ninoy Aquino International Airports (NAIA) general aviation and smaller low-cost-carriers, including Skyjet which the Tieng Group owns.

“We can finish this smaller project at our own expense within one year. This means NAIA should be able to handle more commercial flights by next year if we get the go-signal from the government this month, for example,” he said.

The Danilo Atienza airport runway will then be the third runway for ARRC’s international airport. “We learned from the lessons of NAIA so we want this shorter runway to stay and complement our initial two long international runways that will be only for commercial flights,” Tieng added.

Edmundo Lim, ARRC vice chairman, said the port area in Manila should eventually move to the company’s proposed seaport since almost all of the industrial estates are in southern Luzon.

“The old businesses that used to be nearby have all gone South. Sangley, again, offers the best location for imports and exports whether via the seaport or the airport. And with the manufacturing hub that will be a part of our gateway project, there is no need for trucks to even set food in Metro Manila,” Lim said.

No other project can match All-Asia’s Sangley gateway project and Danilo Atienza proposal in terms of addressing all forms of congestion over the medium term, and making NAIA more efficient within a year, he said.

“Sangley’s location is the key. Sangley will serve the southern part of Metro Manila as well as the progressive region Calabarzon while we believe that Clark should serve the north and must therefore be significantly upgraded in terms of terminal and infrastructure development,” Lim said.

NAIA and the port area will then blossom into new cities and business districts. The port area should blend with the development of Intramuros and Chinatown which should be a local destination in itself in the years to come, he said.

“Our project is just the start of the metamorphosis of Metro Manila. We will make it more livable and a source of pride for us Filipinos,” he added.