Skyway over Edsa

There is a proposal from the DPWH to build a 22-kilometers long, 6-lanes skyway along EDSSA, from Roxas Blvd to Balintawak. This would effectively connect two tollways, the Cavite Coastal Road and North Luzon Expressway (NLEx). If this project will push through, it will have plenty of positive effect on business and the economy.

DPWH Secretary Singson said they are looking at two funding, one is a foreign loan from ODA-JICA (Japanese government) or via private tollway operators. Given the high public debt of the government (please see our previous discussions on this subject below), private-funded infrastructure projects like the proposed Skyway over Edsa, or Skyway intersecting Edsa would be a better alternative. Government should focus on retiring many of its public debt, to reduce the huge interest payment annually, so that future savings can be used for other infrastructure like more roads and skyways in other big cities outside of Metro Manila.

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