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Philippines, Japan sign loan for 3rd phase of Bulacan bypass road

A ¥9.399-billion loan agreement between the Philippines and Japan was inked for the construction of the third phase of the Arterial Road Bypass Project designed to ease traffic in Bulacan.

The Arterial Road Bypass, also known as the Plaridel Bypass, is a 24.61-kilometer arterial road linking the North Luzon Expressway in Balagtas, Bulacan to the Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway, also called Maharlika Highway, in San Rafael, Bulacan.

It will bypass the town proper of Plaridel and the urban areas of Pulilan, Baliuag, and San Rafael (all in Bulacan) along the existing Maharlika Highway.

The first component was completed in November 2012, while phase two is nearing completion and is expected to be inaugurated in May 2018.

the Department of Finance said the loan agreement, which amounts to approximately $89 million or P4.25 billion, is an “economically worthwhile investment.”

The Philippines will provide counterpart funding of P1 billion or around ¥1.476 billion (equivalent to $15 million) for the project, which has a total cost of ¥10.87 billion or about P5.26 billion (approximately $104 million), the DOF said.

The agreement for Phase 3 of the project provides for interest rates of 1.5 percent per annum for non-consulting services and 0.01 percent per annum for consulting services with a repayment period of 20 years and a 10-year grace period.

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