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Baguio eyes P400-M zoo

Baguio eyes P400-M zoo

BAGUIO CITY—The city government here is reviewing a public-private partnership proposal to build a zoo to beef up tourism while advocating biodiversity. The Avilon Wildlife Conservation Foundation, which operates a zoo in Rizal province, plans to construct animal containment facilities at a section of the Baguio Botanical Garden. Remnants of animal enclosures and tunnels that... continue reading

SMC starts road link between Skyway 3 and NLEX Connector

SMC starts road link between Skyway 3 and NLEX Connector

Despite pending right-of-way (ROW) negotiations, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has started work on the vital  1.2-kilometer road linking its 18-km Skyway Stage 3 to the ongoing 8-km NLEX connector project. The expressway project runs from C3 road all the way to Santa Mesa, Manila. The company is “working on what’s workable,” to address delays in... continue reading

SMC’s Skyway Stage 3 is proof of how public-private partnership drives significant development

SMC’s Skyway Stage 3 is proof of how public-private partnership drives significant development

After being completed in October last year and officially opened to motorists at the start of 2021, the Skyway Stage 3 project, built and funded by San Miguel Corporation, delivers on its promise to ease traffic in Metro Manila and unlock economic opportunities for nearby provinces. The 18-kilometer Skyway Stage 3 is the longest elevated... continue reading

New Clark airport terminal to open soon; old facility to become vaccine hub

New Clark airport terminal to open soon; old facility to become vaccine hub

A new COVID-19 vaccination hub capable of handling up to 10,000 patients per day could rise within the Clark International Airport in Pampanga province. This was announced by its private sector operator, Luzon International Premier Airport Development (Lipad) Corp., during the turnover of a new passenger terminal with a capacity of 8.2 million passengers yearly—double... continue reading

New Clark Airport terminal turned over to gov’t, LIPAD Corp, to open to public in July

New Clark Airport terminal turned over to gov’t, LIPAD Corp, to open to public in July

Airport operator LIPAD explores turning old terminal into COVID-19 vaccination facility MANILA (UPDATE) – Megawide and Indian partner GMR on Friday handed over to the government the newly completed Clark International Airport terminal, expected to start operations by July this year. In a handover ceremony, Megawide-GMR turned over the new terminal to the Department of Transportation (DOTr),... continue reading

New Clark airport terminal to open soon; old facility to become vaccine hub

New Clark airport terminal to open soon; old facility to become vaccine hub

A new COVID-19 vaccination hub capable of handling up to 10,000 patients per day could rise within the Clark International Airport in Pampanga province. This was announced by its private sector operator, Luzon International Premier Airport Development (Lipad) Corp., during the turnover of a new passenger terminal with a capacity of 8.2 million passengers yearly—double... continue reading

Skyway 3 to be toll-free for frontliners, SMC says

Skyway 3 to be toll-free for frontliners, SMC says

SAN MIGUEL Corp. (SMC) on Wednesday said medical frontliners are allowed to use the newly opened Skyway Stage 3 for free. “This means that even when the expressway starts collecting toll fees after the current free use period for the public set by Skyway 3, medical frontliners will still continue to benefit from toll-free passage,”... continue reading

PLDT, Beep card creator team up to modernize public transport

PLDT, Beep card creator team up to modernize public transport

MANILA, Philippines — Telco giant PLDT Inc. has sealed a strategic partnership with affiliate AF Payments Inc. to upgrade fare and tracking systems in the transport sector. AF Payments, the company behind the Beep card that is used in Metro Manila’s railways and other transportation services, is led by Ayala Corp. and Metro Pacific Investments... continue reading

MRT-7 advances, expected to be completed by end-2021

MRT-7 advances, expected to be completed by end-2021

San Miguel Corp.’s P69.3-billion mass rail transit linking North Ave. in Quezon City and San Jose del Monte City in Bulacan province is 59.72-percent complete as of December last year, the Department of Transportation said over the weekend. The department said Metro Rail Transit Line 7, a 22-kilometer rail line which stretches from North Ave.... continue reading

ADB backs innovative partnerships for financing infrastructure projects

ADB backs innovative partnerships for financing infrastructure projects

MANILA, Philippines — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is urging developing member countries to explore innovative partnerships to fund crucial infrastructure projects at a time when government resources are challenged by pandemic response. In a new entry on the Asian Development Blog, Yesim Elhan-Kayalar, advisor to the ADB’s Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, said... continue reading