MANILA – In a meeting on July 15, 2015, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board chaired by President Benigno S. Aquino III, approved the new Civil Registry System Information Technology Project and changes in the NAIA Expressway Phase II and the Daang Hari- SLEX (South Luzon Expressway) Link Road Project.

“The approval of the Civil Registry System Information Technology Project will extend and enhance the Philippine Statistics Authority’s civil registry document services, which is a highly critical need for Filipino citizens. Meanwhile, the adoption of changes in the NAIA Expressway Project, Phase II and the Daanghari-SLEX Link Road project are responsive in essentially reconciling the increasing need of motorists and the service capacity of these roads over the course of time,” said Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan.

First, the NEDA Board approved the new Civil Registry System (CRS) Information Technology Project of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

The project involves the computerization of the civil registry operations of the PSA and is designed to collect, store, maintain, and manage civil registry documents and the specimen signatures of all city and municipal registrars using imaging technology. It will also include production of vital statistics and will make the civil registry services available nationwide through the CRS outlets and other authorized partners.

Moreover, the project has an estimated total project cost of PhP1.59 billion, that will be implemented through public-private partnership. It has a concession period of 12 years including 2 years of development.

With regards to the NAIA Expressway Project, Phase II, the NEDA Board approved to change the alignment from Domestic Road to Electrical Road.

The transfer of the project alignment from the Domestic Road to the Parañaque River/Electrical Road is in line with DPWH’s recommendation, which will require an additional cost amounting to PhP2.07 billion. The project was confirmed by the NEDA Board on May 30, 2012.

Another is the approval of the change in scope of the Daang Hari- SLEX Link Road Project, which will construct additional civil works to improve overall access to and from both roads of the project. This includes a provision for future expansion of the SLEX for a possible fifth lane for both directions. This is supported by the Toll Regulatory Board’s October 29, 2012 letter to DPWH citing that SLEX was already under Level of Service C and would eventually reach critical level by the year 2018. The cap of the additional cost for this change is PhP223.02 million. The NEDA Board previously approved the project on July 8, 2011.

Meanwhile, the NEDA Board will still discuss anew the proposed Bonifacio Global City Ortigas Road Link of the DPWH to ensure the successful implementation of the project.