NLEX – Meycauayan-Marilao East Service Road now viable
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Transportation (DOTr), and NLEX Corporation have formally opened the new two-lane road which will serve as an alternative route going in and out of Meycauayan and Marilao, Bulacan.
Constructed by the DPWH, this new service road occupies a portion of the NLEX right of way (ROW) covering Barangay Lias in Marilao, Bulacan. It is one of the government’s traffic decongestion projects aimed at improving the Bulacan road network, boosting the economic activities in the province, and enabling the public to experience travel convenience.
The opening of this road will help ease the growing traffic volume at the Meycauayan-Marilao corridor as it bypasses the MacArthur Highway and other congested streets. Now, motorists coming from Paso de Blas, Valenzuela City can go all the way to Lias, Marilao, Bulacan just by using the service road.
Another benefit of this project is to improve traffic flow at Meycauayan Interchange during peak hours and provide an alternative convenient route for motorists especially those traveling between Iba, Libtong, Malhacan, and Pandayan in Meycauayan and Lias, Ibayo, Saog, and Lambakin in Marilao.
Last December 2021, a new Meycauayan East Service Road was opened which connects Libtong in Meycauayan City and Lawang Bato in Valenzuela City. Since then, it has provided better access to several motorists traveling the said areas.
MPT SOUTH Receives Prestigious LEED Gold Certification
Metro Pacific Tollways South Management Corporation (MPT South), a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), the toll road development arm of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), has been awarded a LEED Gold Certification for its headquarters, the MPT South Hub.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a globally recognized symbol of excellence in green building.LEED certification ensures electricity cost savings, lower carbon emissions, and healthier environments where people live, work, learn, play, and worship.
MPT South Hub achieved a LEED Gold Certification as it excelled in using sustainability practices in the way that it was designed and constructed, garnering a score of 66 points. It sits in a 5,237 sqm, four-story building located in Imus, Cavite. It has a biophilic design with a full view of the outside surroundings and natural daylight and ventilation. The HUB consumes at least 40% less indoor water with the use of modern water-efficient fixtures and 50% less outdoor water through rainwater harvesting. The building also has an EV charging station for the company’s e-vehicles, as it plans to convert its fleet to EVs as its vehicles reach attrition. It is also the very first MPTC infrastructure that acquired LEED certification.
The certification was awarded to MPT South by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), USGBC’s unit that administers LEED, from technical review, verification, and certification in a virtual ceremony. The certification was received by MPIC Chairman and President, Manny V. Pangilinan, MPTC President and CEO Rodrigo E. Franco, MPTC Chief Finance Officer and Senior Executive Sponsor, Mr. Christopher C. Lizo, and MPT South President and General Manager, Mr. Roberto V. Bontia and First Vice President for Tollway Development and Engineering, Arturo H. Monge.
Just last year, the tollway company entered partnership with United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Sustainable Interventions for Biodiversity, Oceans, and Landscapes (SIBOL) program, to further strengthen its sustainability effort in converting CALAX into a ‘green highway’.