San Miguel Holdings Corp.
The Philippines' largest and most diversified conglomerate, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is today heavily invested in industries that underpin the growth of the Philippine economy—among them, infrastructure, which it believes is essential to our country’s industrial development.
Under the banner of SMC Infrastructure, the company operates major expressways, and holds concessions to build and operate a number of the country's largest infrastructure projects—driven by the belief that robust infrastructure has a powerful multiplier effect; and that quality roads, international gateways, and mass rail transit systems are the game-changers that this country needs.
Its current portfolio includes TPLEX, SLEX, SKYWAY, STAR, and NAIAX; the Boracay Airport in Caticlan; the MRT7 railway; Manila North Harbor Port Inc.; and the Bulacan Bulk Water Supply Project.
The South Luzon Expressway or SLEX, runs 36 km from Alabang to Sto. Tomas, Batangas. SLEX has 13 access points connecting residential developments, commercial and industrial zones, and tourist spots in Greater Manila and the provinces of Laguna, Cavite and Batangas.
The Skyway Stage 1 consists of the 9.02 km elevated road from Bicutan to Buendia as well as the rehabilitation of the 13.5 km section (AT-GRADE) of the South Luzon Expressway from Alabang to Magallanes. Skyway Stage 2 consists of a 6.88 km. elevated highway from Bicutan to Alabang.
The 41.9 km Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (also known as the STAR Tollway or CALABARZON Expressway) currently has four (4) lanes from Sto. Tomas to Lipa, and two (2) lanes from Lipa to Balagtas. The expressway has six interchanges and starts at the intersection of Maharlika Highway and the South Luzon Expressway in Sto. Tomas, Batangas and runs south to Balagtas City. It connects directly to the Diversion Road leading to the Batangas International Port.
The 88.85 kilometer, four-lane, Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway, the company’s infrastructure investment in the north, was inaugurated on December 2013 by President Benigno S. Aquino III. As administrator of the toll project, SMC through Private Infra Dev Corporation (PIDC), the TPLEX concessionaire, will provide management services, toll collection, traffic safety and security management, toll road maintenance and other related services.
TPLEX is now 62km-long: stretching from Tarlac City all the way to Binalonan, Pangasinan. The entire length of the tollway will have ten exits: La Paz in Tarlac City; Victoria, Gerona, Paniqui and Moncada in Tarlac; Rosales, Urdaneta City, Binalonan and Pozorrubio in Pangasinan; and Rosario in La Union. SMC’s first greenfield tollway project, TPLEX connects the central and northern Luzon provinces to Manila and beyond through the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX).
Another major infrastructure initiative, which broke ground in January 2014, is the Skyway Stage 3 project—a 14.82-kilometer, six-lane elevated expressway from Buendia to Balintawak that will link the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) to NLEX. The project aims to decongest major thoroughfares, while at the same time creating new transport routes, giving more travel options to commuters and stretching the capacity of existing transport systems.
Skyway Stage 3 has four sections: Section 1 is from Buendia to Plaza Dilao; Section 2 is from Plaza Dilao to Aurora Blvd; Section 3 is from Aurora Blvd to Quezon Avenue; and Section 4 is from Quezon Avenue to EDSA/Balintawak.
In April 2013, the company won the concession to build and operate the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway (NAIEX). An important component of the company’s infrastructure portfolio, NAIEX connects the Skyway system to all three NAIA airport terminals, and the Entertainment City of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation.
A formal concession agreement between SMC and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) was signed in July 2013. This was followed by the signing of the Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) contract with the construction arm of DMCI Holdings Inc.
Phase II-A, which starts from Macapagal Blvd. and ends at NAIA Terminals 1 and 2, is complete; and will be operational by September 2016. Expected completion of Phase II-B (which runs along Parañaque River-Andrews Avenue-Sales Road and connecting to Skyway ) 1 is on December 2016. At-grade works leading to Entertainment City is now substantially completed.
In October 2010, SMC finalized a deal to acquire 100% interest in Universal LRT Corp. Ltd., the company in charge of developing the Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT7), a planned 22-kilometer-long rail line, starting from San Jose del Monte in Bulacan and ending in North Avenue in Quezon City.
The project also includes a 23-kilometer, six-lane highway from San Jose del Monte, Bulacan traversing the municipalities of Sta. Maria, Bocaue, Pandi; and will connect to the NLEX.
San Miguel Corp. also owns the Caticlan Airport concession-holder TransAire Development Holdings Corporation, which is currently overseeing the modernization of the airport. Long-term expansion projects involve the construction of a bigger airport passenger terminal, extension of the existing runway from 950 meters to 2,100 meters, improvement of the road network and upgrading of airport facilities and air traffic control aids.
The runway has been extended up to 1.8km, while the new apron and taxiway are almost complete. Construction of the new passenger terminal building is also underway.
TADHC website: www.transaire.com.ph