Manila: The Philippine government is poised to launch 10 infrastructure projects that will mainly benefit residents of Metro Manila and the surrounding provinces.

A statement said that Aquino would formally launch the projects on Thursday. The business sector will finance the projects with assistance from the government under a public-private partnership programme (PPP).

Aquino, who was in Yokohama, Japan, for the Asia Pacific Economic Conference, was quoted in the report as saying that among the infrastructure projects to be offered under public-private partnership programme are the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) expressway link; the Metro Rail Transport 7 (MRT 7); the Central Luzon expressway; as well as the 41.8-km Cavite-Laguna (CALA) expressway. The other infrastructure projects included in the scheme would be later announced.

The president said the NAIA expressway link would connect Andrews Air Base in Villamor to the coastal side of Cavite starting from the town of Bacoor to the CALA expressway via the Skyway and the South Luzon Expressway.

Six lanes

On the other hand, the 23-km MRT 7 will have 14 stations traversing Quezon City and a part of northwestern Metro Manila's Caloocan City before ending in San Jose del Monte City in Bulacan.

The CALA project involves the construction of a six-lane 27.2-km expressway connecting Bacoor and Dasmarinas, and the 14.3-km Laguna side of the expressway.

The Central Luzon Expressway will extend from Metro Manila and end up in Cagayan Valley in the north.