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San Miguel Corporation yesterday announced the completion of its connection road between Southern and Northern Luzon that will cut travel from SLEX to NLEX from three hours to just 20 minutes.

SMC President and CEO Ramon S. Ang announced the completion of the much-awaited connection road, 19 days ahead of its October 31 timetable.

Ang said that the 17.93-km stretch of the project is now just awaiting the curing of asphalt before being opened to the driving public.

“I’m happy to announce that the whole structure of Skyway 3 is now complete. With this, Skyway 2 in Buendia is now officially extended all the way to the North Luzon Expressway. After many challenges this project faced in previous years, the dream of connecting north and south and providing an alternative to EDSA is now a reality,” Ang said.

Via Skyway 3, travel from SLEX to NLEX, once a grueling three hours, will now only take 20 minutes. Magallanes to Balintawak and Balintawak to NAIA, on the other hand, will only take about 15 minutes, while travel time from Valenzuela to Makati is estimated at a mere 10 minutes.

“We’re very excited to open Skyway 3 to the public. We just have to wait for the weather to improve so we can make sure that the asphalt will cure properly. That and a few more finishing touches are all that’s needed, and then we can open, soon,” he added.

Ang likewise reassured that the company had been doubling its efforts to deliver its major infrastructure projects with the least delays possible since COVID-19 restrictions were eased starting mid-May to June this year.

In mid-July, it inaugurated the last section of the Tarlac-Pangasinan--La Union Expressway (TPLEX) to Rosario, La Union, officially opening the entire stretch of the TPLEX to motorists.

Aside from the Skyway 3, the company is also looking to complete the northbound section of the Skyway Extension--which provides additional lanes and connects the South Luzon Expressway to Skyway near Susanna Heights and the Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway—by December this year.

Despite the economic slowdown due to the pandemic, Ang has vowed to push through with all its major infrastructure projects in order to generate jobs and help the economy recover.

Its P740-billion Manila International Airport project in Bulacan, said to be the largest single-item investment in Philippine history, is also set to break ground by the end of the year. Seen as a game-changer for the Philippine economy, it will generate over a million direct and indirect jobs and, once complete, create up to as much as 30 million tourism-related jobs nationwide.

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