However, the tollway operator gives priority to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) displaced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NLEX President and General Manager J. Luigi L. Bautista specified.
“Being a government partner in infrastructure building, NLEX Corporation and the entire Metro Pacific Tollways group are keen in helping the economy recover.”
To speed up the construction of its road project, the tollways firm is also mobilizing more construction equipment at the site.
The NLEX Connector is an all-vehicle class elevated expressway traversing the Caloocan Interchange, 5th Avenue/C3 Road in Caloocan City, passing through España and linking up with the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 at Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), Sta. Mesa, Manila.
“We are currently working on the first five-kilometer section of the NLEX Connector from Grace Park, Caloocan City to España St., Sampaloc, Manila,” Bautista reported. “We need more than 1,500 workers to accelerate the construction.”
They are hiring OFWs on the advice of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
“We are looking at our massive infrastructure projects as key employment generators,” stressed DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar.
Already, the annual increase in the government’s infrastructure budget generated 6.57 million jobs in the past four years.
The infrastructure will also hasten travel and perk up commerce.
The NLEX Connector, in particular, will slash travel time from NLEX to South Luzon Expressway from two hours to 20 minutes.
Add to that, it will improve accessibility for cargo trucks bound for the Manila Ports (North and South Harbor) and international airports, such as NAIA and Clark.
Ultimately, it will benefit 35,000 motorists, who will be spared from using Metro Manila’s congested city roads, since they will traverse their routes mostly above the alignment of the Philippine National Railways.
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