Filipinos can look forward to more connectivity in the southern part of the metro.
San Miguel Corp. (SMC), the country’s diversified conglomerate and Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) have signed an Integration Agreement to connect the Arca South on and off ramps into the Skyway system via the upcoming South East Metro Manila Expressway (SEMME) or the Skyway Stage 4 project.
The collaboration marks a significant milestone in addressing the growing need for efficient transportation and connectivity in Metro Manila, proponents said.
SMC president and CEO Ramon Ang said: “We are grateful for this opportunity to work with Ayala Land. This also supports the vision for Arca South to create more jobs, new business opportunities, and deliver more residential and lifestyle options for Filipinos–while dispersing economic growth and easing traffic congestion.”
Ayala Corp. president Cezar Consing said this collaboration would improve connectivity, benefiting not only the Arca South community but various stakeholders in Taguig as well.
The integration of Arca South on and off ramps into the Skyway Stage 4 project is set to commence construction in 2024 and will enable seamless access from the Skyway to Arca South.
SMC Infrastructure is the concessionaire for the 32.66-kilometer Skyway Stage 4, that connects the Skyway system at the Arca South all the way to Batasan Complex in Quezon City. The expressway will provide an alternate route from the South to the Eastern parts of Metro Manila including Rizal province.
With interchanges at Ortigas Avenue Extension, Marcos Highway, and Tumana Bridge toward the Batasan complex, it is seen to ease traffic congestion on major arteries such as EDSA and C-5, and enhance connectivity throughout Metro Manila’s Eastern corridor.
The partnership will also significantly boost transportation, as it enhances future connectivity to other major infrastructure projects planned within Arca South including the Taguig Integrated Terminal Exchange (Taguig-ITX), North-South Commuter Railway, and the Metro Manila Subway Project.
Arca South, launched by ALI in 2014, is a 74-hectare mixed-use master-planned development that serves as a central business district. It has six residential projects, commercial lots, and various components such as Ayala Malls Arca South, Landers, a football field, and an events area.