In September 2021, the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) and San Miguel Corporation (SMC) signed the Supplemental Toll Operations Agreement (STOA) for the Pasig River Expressway (PAREX), a 19.37-kilometer six-lane, all elevated expressway over the Pasig River as a solution to Manila’s traffic problems.
The Pasig river, and the many historic buildings along its banks are
our heritage. The PAREX sacrifices our river heritage for benefits that
are still unproven, and with impacts that are still unsubstantiated.
Pamanang Pasig is a heritage impact assessment forum on the
Pasig River and heritage buildings along its banks. Experts discuss
the historical, aesthetic and social significance of the river and the
impact the Pasig River Expressway (PAREX) will have on these values.
Experts will also discuss the Impact on traffic, disaster risk
management, health, ecology, and society. Global examples of freeways
constructed over or along riverbanks, now being torn down for more
sustainable and people-centered alternatives, will be presented.
The goal of this forum series is to enable a broader perspective on the PAREX. By providing multidisciplinary and data-driven discussions by experts, we hope to invite more conversations and provide more facts for people to decide if this benefits our city.
Here is a statement that ICOMOS Philippines co-authored:
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