ROSARIO, La Union, July 15 (PIA) -- The 11.45-kilometer Pozorrubio-Rosario segment of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) was officially inaugurated on Wednesday, July 15.
This is the last phase which completes the four-lane 89-kilometer toll road under the "Build, Build, Build" Program of the national government led by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and in partnership with San Miguel Corporation (SMC).
"Completion of said expressway would benefit more than 20,000 motorists and decongest Metro Manila by providing a faster, more convenient land transport to the provinces of Northern Luzon," said DPWH Secretary Mark Villar through Bases and Conversion Development Authority President and CEO Vivencio Dizon.
Dizon also serves as the deputy chief implementer of the government's COVID-19 response.
With this project completion, Manila to La Union travel time is shortened to three hours, while bound for Baguio from the metro will only take three and a half hours.
FULLY COMPLETED TPLEX: The opening program during the inauguration the last phase of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway held on July 15 at the Rosario exit (CGRC/PIA La Union)
TPLEX is expected to be a vital instrument in bringing back tourism and trade in the Central and Northern parts of Luzon.
"It would also help boost economic development especially now that we are recovering from the impact of the pandemic," Dizon added.
Representing President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the inauguration was Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea who stated, "I assure you that infrastructure projects under the 'Build, Build, Build' remains as one of the most efficient and effective means to revive the economy during this health crisis."
Medialdea also lauded the DPWH, concerned local government units, and SMC for the success of said project.
"This clearly shows that the strong partnership of the government and the private sector is instrumental in achieving our national development goals especially today that we are facing challenges," he said.
Further, Ramon Ang, president and chief executive officer of SMC expressed, "Ngayong COVID crisis, walang negosyo. Kaya naman lahat ng aming resources ay ilalaan natin para tulungan ang bayan at ang ating gobyerno. We will keep on investing on any projects."
Meanwhile, rapid testing was done among all the guests including media entities to ensure public health and safety during the conduct of the event.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Chief Implementor Carlito Glavez, PCOO Usec. Lorraine Badoy, provincial chief executives, district representatives, regional executives, and municipal heads were also present during the inauguration. (JCR/JND/CGRC, PIA La Union)