SMC Completes Skyway Stage 3: A Boost to Economic Recovery
In spite of the pandemic, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) were able to build Skyway Stage 3, one of the biggest road networks that connect North and South Luzon, easing traffic in Metro Manila.
This not only elevated goods and services during the crisis but gave hope to millions of Filipinos under the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte and SMC President Ramon Ang.
On Jan 14, 2021, Duterte and his team formally opened the new skyway to traffic.
“Because of the strong leadership of President Duterte, and with the help of his hands-on cabinet secretaries and economic team, we were able to finally resolve right-of-way issues and complete Skyway 3,” Ang said. “This is a game-changer for our economy, especially now that we are still dealing with the pandemic. By providing seamless access between the north and south, we also unlock the true potential of our provinces.”
Since its soft launch last Dec 29, 2020, some 71,000 cars and vehicles have already traversed the highway.
“At full capacity, with seven lanes available, Skyway can easily handle 50 per cent of Edsa traffic or 200,000 vehicles per day. Together with the existing Skyway 1 and 2, the Skyway system now has 38 kilometres of elevated expressway with 36 on- and off-ramp access points. This will greatly contribute to decongesting Metro Manila traffic,” Ang said.
Meanwhile, Ang said that the construction of the Manila International Airport project in the province of Bulacan is already in full swing. With four-parallel runways and modern facilities, the project is set to connect major highways in Metro Manila.
Ang tagged the project as completed in 2025. Two major expressways are also set to open in 2023.