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Ramon Ang scraps Pasig River Expressway project

by Kiko Cueto

CONGLOMERATE San Miguel Corp said that they had scrapped the plans to construct a proposed Pasig River Expressway (PAREX).

“Yung project, hindi ko itutuloy (The project, I won’t push it anymore),” the company’s President and CEO Ramon Ang said.

Likewise Ang said that they had come up with such a decision following the strong opposition to the controversial proposed tollway.

The PAREX is a 19-kilometer 6-lane elevated tollway running the length of the Pasig River.

Likewise, it is expected to reduce travel time between the Eastern and Western sections of Metro Manila and likewise connect Rizal province to Manila.

It will be recalled that the Department of Transportation, 2021 noted that San Miguel had signed a Supplemental Toll Operations Agreement (STOA) for PAREX, signaling the start of the project.

But environmentalists and heritage advocates had expressed opposition to the project as they said that it would further damage the already polluted Pasig river and would be an eyesore along Metro Manila’s main waterway.

“If the public thinks that it is not good to the public welfare, hindi namin gagawin yun (we won’t push through with it),” Ang added. 



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