The construction of the 45-kilometer Cavite Laguna Expressway (CALAX) will not only cut travel time from Binan, Laguna to Kawit, Cavite to 45 minutes and ease traffic, it will also create 5,000 jobs in a span of three years.
Aside from helping decongest traffic from Binan to Kawit from 1.5 hours to 45 minutes, the 34.5 billion-peso project will expectedly bolster economic growth in the said provinces. Those living, working, studying, investing, commuting in the area will be able to benefit from the economic opportunities that will spring from the project. Even OFWs as well as their families will greatly benefit from this development because of investment and business opportunities. The real estate industry as well as the construction industry will likewise prosper as can be gleaned from the earth-moving activities happening in the area as of this writing.
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar emphasized this during the groundbreaking ceremonies of this multi-billion project last June 19, 2017 at the Nuvali Spine Road in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Joining him in this special event were Metro Pacific Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade, Department of Budget and Management(DBM) Secretary Benjamin Diokno and other national and local officials and guests.
The implementor of the project, namely, J. Luigi L. Bautista, President of Metro Pacific Tollways South said, “We are one with the Government in laying the building blocks for this flagship project, and today’s event opens a new chapter in the country’s progress.”
Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) began construction of the four-lane expressway in June starting with the 18-kilometer section in Laguna with the services of DM Consunji, Inc. (DMCI). Meanwhile, Leighton Contractors Philippines, Inc. has undertaken the construction of the Cavite portion which commenced this September. This included one main toll barrier and eight interchanges that will decongest traffic along the Governor’s Drive, Aguinaldo Highway and Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road.
The mega expressway is one of the biggest public-private partnership (PPP) projects to be crafted by the joint efforts of the private (Metro Pacific Group) and public (government) sectors. Itwill begin from Cavite Expressway (Cavitex) in Kawit, Cavite, and end at the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX)-Mamplasan Interchange in Biñan, Laguna.
This PPP project is expected to ease traffic in congested residential and industrial areas such as Dasmariñas City, Silang, General Trias, Imus, Kawit in Cavite, as well as Sta. Rosa and Biñan City in Laguna.
The MPCala Holdings, Inc. got the notice of award for the 35-year contract to build, operate, and maintain CALAX in 2015. Luigi L. Bautista, MPCala president said that the group tapped around five banks to help finance it.
“Just give us the right of way, and we’ll give you the road. We will finish this before President Duterte’s term ends. All of these projects, we promised to Duterte and his Cabinet way ahead of 2022—that is a promise,” Pangilinan stated.
The CALAX project is expected to be completed in the year 2020. Operations and maintenance, meanwhile, would be from 2020 to 2050.
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