Earlier this week, the government greenlit San Miguel Corporation's (SMC) plans to build the 19.37-km Pasig River Expressway (PAREX). The six-lane elevated roadway will connect Radial Road 10 in Manila with C-6 Road, have provisions for a bus rapid transit (BRT) system, and even come with dedicated bicycle lanes.

Costing a total of PHP 95 billion (which will be fully covered by SMC), it's an ambitious project that could take years to finish. In fact, SMC president Ramon S. Ang said their ultimate goal is to complete the project on or before 2027.

To start right away, SMC, along with members of the DOTr, the DPWH, and the government, held a groundbreaking event yesterday for the PAREX project along the Pasig River in Pandacan, Manila. Present during the groundbreaking were Ramon S. Ang, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, and DPWH Undersecretary for Planning and PPP Service Maria Catalina Cabral.

Pasig River Expressway project officially breaks ground image

During the groundbreaking event, Ang expressed his gratitude to the government for granting the infrastructure project to alleviate traffic in Metro Manila.

“We thank the government and especially the Build Build Build team, for allowing us to deliver another game-changing infrastructure, to help ease traffic, boost our economy, and improve the lives of so many Filipinos in Metro Manila,” said Ang.

Meanwhile, DOTr Secretary Tugade said that this project will make Metro Manila become more interconnected and allow motorists to get to their destinations faster and easier.

Pasig River Expressway project officially breaks ground image

“We are happy because we have a project like this connecting north to south and east to west. Never has this connectivity been thought of, and now it is being implemented. We thank RSA and the whole of San Miguel. Unequivocally I say, the DOTr fully supports this project because I know it is good for the people and the environment,” shared Tugade.

Once PAREX is complete and open to the public, Ang said it will link the eastern and western cities of Metro Manila and connect with the Skyway system. It will also help realize the vision of an integrated elevated road network linking the north, south, east, and west corridors of the capital.

“This 19.37 km six-lane road will definitely ease traffic in Manila. This was just a dream before, but now it’s becoming a reality. PAREX will be a gateway for the future of urban transport and will address the needs of urban living in today’s environment,” said Medialdea.