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JICA eyes expanded BCDA monorail project

By Louella D. Desiderio (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 10, 2013 - 12:00am
MANILA, Philippines - The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is studying an expanded monorail project that would connect the Guadalupe station of the Metro Rail Transit to Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig City and Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport as proposed by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) to cover the whole of Metro Manila.
“JICA is considering if the project can be done on a bigger scale, to cover the whole of Metro Manila. They will be coordinating with the DOTC (Department of Transportation and Communications) on this,” BCDA president and chief executive officer Arnel Paciano Casanova told reporters yesterday.
He said JICA has already sent an appraisal team to look into the matter.
JICA has agreed to finance the conduct of the feasibility study of the proposed monorail system but the amount to be extended has yet to be determined as the agency plans to expand the project’s coverage.
The monorail system was proposed by the BCDA as the most viable way to transport people in and out of BGC to other parts of Metro Manila.
Apart from the monorail system, the BCDA is also pursuing other projects.
Casanova said the BCDA awarded the P5-million contract for the crafting of a master development plan for the Poro Point Freeport Zone (PPFZ) in La Union two days ago to Palafox Associates.
He said the master development plan should be completed in four months from the date of notice of award of the contract.
“If the master plan is viable, we will open the bidding for the development of Poro Point,” he said, adding that the bidding could take place next year.
The PPFZ has surrounding recreation and resort facilities and is located close to the San Fernando Airport as well as the seaport.
“The way we see Poro point is a gateway. Cargo and businesses to come in through that seaport. Passengers too through the airport,” Casanova said.
Apart from the Poro Point master development plan, he said the BCDA is in the last stage of drawing up with a master plan for the Clark Special Economic Zone to attract more investments in that area.
The agency is likewise drafting the terms of reference to engage a master planner for the privatization of some parts of Camp Aguinaldo which are not being utilized.
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