Coming from Nueva Ecija, it usually takes us about six to eight hours just to go to Botolan, Zambales. Thanks to SCTEx, the travel time was almost cut in half, mainly because we do not have to traverse towns and city propers - usually traffic-clogged areas.
It is ninety-four kilometers, starting from Tarlac going through Pampanga province and ends in Subic Bay Free Port in Zambales. There are also exits going to Clark in Angeles City, Pampanga. Both Subic and Clark are formerU.S. military bases (Naval Base and Air Base respectively) in the Philippines now converted into Freeport and Economic Zones.
At least I finally see a portion of people's taxes working for our benefit. Or just mere government loan from internation financing institution, further drowning Filipinos with obligations. I'm just not so sure if the construction price is doubled or tripled just like what I've heard with other government contracts. Well, at least it is a solid infrastructure that, we, people in the province will definitely benefit from.
From our province, it is now easier and faster for us to go to Pampanga or Zambales . I hope we can visit our relatives there more frequently.
To my surprise, my trip yesterday (Monday) to Manila also utilized SCTEX and made our travel a lot faster. The route will be Cabanatuan-Tarlac-Pampanga and then Manila. I believe it is longer in terms of distance, but shorter in time because we did not go through Gapan and Bulacan where there's a lot of heavy traffic and even bottlenecks.
From SCTEx we took Northern Luzon Expressway or NLEX. The travel is almost hte same as taking freeways in the USA now! I'm so thankful for these freeways, I mena expressways in the Philippines! It makes our travel a lot faster!
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In my search for the good news regarding this expressway,I happen to come accross this article that I would like to share:
TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2008
(Excerpts taken from the Philippine government portal: http://www.gov.ph)