SM Prime to help build pedestrian overpasses in Marikina, Valenzuela Thursday, April 12, 2012
SM Prime Holdings Inc. recently signed a memorandum of agreement with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the Department of Public Works and Highways, and the local governments of Marikina and Valenzuela for the maintenance and operation of pedestrian overpasses in SM Marikina and SM Center Valenzuela.
The partnership formalizes the coordination and work between these government units and agencies, and SM Prime to take charge of the operation of footbridges beside SM Malls to ensure the safety and convenience of mallgoers and commuters.
A 118.53-meter pedestrian footbridge is connected to SM City Marikina crossing over Marcos Hwy. It was operational since September 2008 when SM Mall was opened to the public. In 2009, a 341.59-meter extension was constructed on the east-bound side of Marcos Hwy up to the area fronting the LRT Line 2 Santolan Station. This enables the commuters to access the pedestrian footbridge directly to and from the mall.
In SM Center Valenzuela, a 36-meter pedestrian overpass was built crossing over MacArchur Hwy. In February 2006. It was constructed for the safety of pedestrians and public transportation commuters, and to ease the congestion of vehicular traffic in the highway.
SM Supermalls President Annie Garcia, MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, Marikina City Mayor Del De Guzman and Valenzuela City engineering Officer in Charge Praceli Nelson recently formalized the partnership by signing the MOA at the SM Prime Corporate Offices in the Mall of Asia complex. SM Supermalls Vice Presidents for Operations Bien Mateo and Steven Tan, AVP for Operations Lisa Silerio, Regional Operations Managers Jojo Navera and Johanna Rupisan, and SM Prime Holdings Vice President Ryan San Juan joined them in the event.