MANAOAG- Board Member Jeremy Agerico”Ming” Rosario emphatically support the position of his colleagues at the Sanggunian Panlalawigan for a bypass highway that would occupy some part this pilgrimage town in the ongoing P19 billion pesos Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) project of the government.
Rosario said this is just part of the first option that the SP wants the management of Private-Public Partnership (succesor of the Build Operate & Transfer) TPLEX to consider so this town and the neighboring town enjoy the multipliers effect the new superhighway gives.
“With TPLEX passes through our town Manaoag eventually economic progress follows. Valuation of the lands of the people here would appreciate, and the town would draw investors” the visionary leader of this pilgrimage town who is rumored to be next mayor stressed.
Phase One will consist of a two-lane expressway, 23 viaducts, eight interchanges, two central toll plazas, one toll operations center, 12 bridges and 63 underpasses. Phase Two becomes a four-lane project when traffic volume reaches 25,000 vehicles.
Rosario said TPLEX original plan is to build a parallel road to the old national highway that connects the provinces of La Union and Tarlac. But he hopes that officials of TPLEX considered the suggestion of officials in Pangasinan to get a piece of TPLEX here.
The 88.58-km expressway project from La Paz, Tarlac, to Rosario, La Union, has been in full blast. La Paz is the end of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (S-CTeX). Phase One of TPLEx from Tarlac City to Carmen, Pangasinan, is 67-percent complete.
TPLEx is the first PPP project in the Philippines to feature an all-domestic cast of sponsors and lenders.
Financing by the project was through domestic banks BDO Unibank, Development Bank of the Philippines and Land Bank of the Philippines.
Meanwhile, Rosario, who is the chairman of the powerful education committee at the SP, eyes that close circuit TV (CCTV) should be installed at private and public schools all over Pangasinan to deter a repeat of what befell Madeline Goyena, a sophomore student of Dagupan City National High School who was stabbed 17 times to death.
Rosario, a physician colleague of the mother of Goyena, said if there was CCTV installed all over Dagupan City high school, all the perpetrators would be easily identified without any doubts of their criminal liabilities (MCO).