Big firms to bid for P35-B toll road

47-km Cavite-Laguna expressway to be ready in 2018


Major Philippine and foreign conglomerates are planning to bid for the massive Cavite-Laguna expressway project, a public-private partnership (PPP) deal meant to decongest traffic and spur development south of Metro Manila, after the government restructured and released new terms last week.

San Miguel Corp. ,Metro Pacific Investments Corp. of businessman Manuel Pangilinan and AlloyMtd Group, Malaysia’s second biggest toll-road operator, confirmed plans to submit prequalification documents by Sept. 26. Ayala Corp. was also reportedly interested in participating, an official of the Department of Public Works and Highways said, although this could not be immediately verified.

The DPWH, which will implement the PPP deal estimated to cost P35.42 billion for a 47-kilometer stretch, last week said the project would be fully designed, financed and built by the winning private-sector bidder.

“SMC will join,” San Miguel president Ramon S. Ang said in a text message. The conglomerate in April submitted a winning offer to build and operate the government’s last toll-road deal to be offered, the Naia Expressway Phase II project.

David Nicol, chief financial officer of Metro Pacific, also confirmed that Metro Pacific “intends to submit prequalification documents.” Ramoncito Fernandez, who heads Metro Pacific’s subsidiary Metro Pacific Tollways Corp., separately noted that they were studying details so far released by DPWH.

“We remain interested,” Fernandez said.

Isaac David, president of MTD Philippines, also confirmed that MTD would submit prequalification documents for the Cavite-Laguna Expressway.

The DPWH recently revised the terms of the deal, which was earlier expected to be jointly built by the government and the private sector. It said this format was more advantageous to the government.

Since the PPP was restructured to its current form, the private sector will be responsible for the financing, design, construction and maintenance of the project, which it will operate for a period of 35 years.

Even with the slight delay because of the restructuring, DPWH is expecting the bid submissions by December this year. He added that awarding was expected by Jan. 14.

This will allow the winning bidder to start construction by March 2015 for completion by March 2018, as called for under the original timetable. The gap between the awarding and the start of construction was set aside for the design phase of the massive expressway.

The DPWH said the project would not only increase the competitiveness of the region, known as Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), but also decongest the area and shorten travel time to Metro Manila. Calabarzon is home to factories of multinational companies engaged in electronics, automotive and semiconductor manufacturing businesses.

In a presentation last March, the DPWH outlined the importance of the Cavite-Laguna expressway as it noted that the surrounding provinces were the second-biggest contributor to the Philippines’s total economic output at 17.4 percent, just behind the 35-percent contribution of Metro Manila. It added that 70 percent of freight movement was from the Cavite-Laguna region.

The DPWH added that the base toll rate has been set at P5 a kilometer although this could be adjusted every two years.

The toll road starts at the Manila-Cavite Expressway in Kawit, Cavite, and will end at the South Luzon Expressway Mamplasan interchange in Biñan, Laguna.

The Cavite-Laguna Expressway will have nine interchanges upon completion: Kawit, Daang Hari, Governor’s Drive, Aguinaldo Highway, Silang, Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay, Laguna Blvd., Technopark and a Toll Barrier before the South Luzon Expressway.

So far, only three PPP deals, two expressways and a classroom infrastructure project have been successfully awarded by the Aquino administration since the keystone PPP program was launched in 2010.

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  • RyanF1

    Puede ba bago pagawa ng bagong expressways eh ipa -repaint muna yung mga lane marker sa existing roads sa buong NCR? Dito sa Alabang parejo pa rin yung hechura ng tarmac mula noong hindi pa gawa yung Skyway. Liit lang ng Filinvest eh bakit walang marca yung mga lanes? Hulaan-hulaan tuloy kung de tatlo o de dalawa lamang ang puede makaraan.

  • bagombong

    Ang hindi ko lang maintindihan, lahat ng mga nakaupo sa gobyerno ay nakakapunta sa ibang bansa at nakikita nila how important ang road as a transportation…nakita nila kung paano magtravel na sunod sunod na freeway exiting to another without passing sa mga bayan the only thing to do is once you are close na sa pupuntahan mo then need to exit, they need to spend more on road planning if they want investors to invest in our country..with that kind of traffic everyday, i won’t invest my money..kung may mga delivery ang balik na pag hapon..tapos na ulit ang isang araw dahil sa traffic. How about expressway to Ilocos Norte to Mla…to shorten the travel time instead of 8 to 9 hours can travel 5 to 6 hours only..485 km is 303.25 miles.

  • Imeldita

    paspas naman ng konti.

    • ern

      yung right-of-way ang magpapatagal dyan. Ayusin ang pagpapatupad ng batas sa expropriation…..dapat automatic pag inaprovan na ng congress ang project. May pondo naman kasi dyan ang gobyerno kahit paano…..syempre yung mga govt counterpart para sa project aaprovan ng congress ang budget

  • mindo601

    Dapat ang gitna ng expressways ay may nakalaan na space para sa LRT , MRT system or skyways. Advance thinking.

    • Ornbort

      the center of the NLEX could be used as such pero to have that you need selfless people and not those with the interest of bus operators in mind.

    • Pinsan_ni_Mang_Kanor

      Yup, lakihan nila as is super laki. Anticipate the increase in traffic 10 years from now.

    • bagombong

      The best way to ease the traffic in Mla is to build a beltway in Mla. parang pugita pero may ring around the center…makikita nyo…aalis na sa gitna yun mga mayayaman at titira na lang sa labas ng Mla..if they have freeways going to Makati , Mla at QC..the ring around is a freeway will serve as service to those who live in ex. laguna and you want to go Divisoria that beltway will bring you closer without travelling those traffic sa Baclaran, taft , Quiapo, Recto just to reach Divisoria..that is how they did here in Washington Dc, Baltimore, Boston..but you need to remove some establishment to clear the way..if the gov’t. has balls to do it…kasi dito sa US, if it needs to remove a building just to ease the traffic they will do it…they will not just let the traffic continue and look for a day today solution..they need to think for the next 100 years…kasi pag nakikita na nila matrapik ang isang lugar…pinag-aaralan na nila ang cause at kung paano gawan ng paraan…tha is why…ang mga tax payers sa US ay malaki ang napupunta sa road constructions…kasi this is the most important sa mga travel in less time…if you go to google earth at tignan nyo ang roads sa mga ibang bansa..ang gaganda at maluluwag…napunta na ako sa Malaysia, Singapore , Saudi. Thailand..its really amazing…akala ko dito lang sa US pero marami rin palang mga bansa na maluluwag ang kalsada.

      • Descarte5E

        We have up to C6 already, circumferential roads and we have radial roads servicing Metro Manila, it’s not enough because of the volume of vehicles. C6 is in progress, already operating from Pasig to Bicutan. Even then, I’m not living in Manila.

        In 5-10 years time, alongside the completion of this expressway, Mtro Mnla will be decongested. Universities also started construction in this Laguna-Cavite -Batangas area. We will have Mapua, UST, DelaSalle soon. Add UP in Los Banos, and then we have the scenic Taal-Tagaytay. The SLEX is already connected to Calabarzon hiway in Batangas just a 1.5 hours cruise from Alabang to Batangas City. Forget about Manila, it’s full of crooks and crocs. Calabarzon is the place to be.

      • rapas_gamrud

        c6 though its new is already a damaged highway.been passing there many times from rizal to the airport terminals.quality had been compromised that is why the early deterioration.

    • rapas_gamrud

      filipinos only knows how to react when problems arises and damage had been done…we lack vision, anticipation and proaction.

  • common_juan

    Wala ka kwenta abnoy! 2018 pa kamo? Kalye lng pahirapan pa. Ang mass transport ang kelangan ntin hindi expressways lang at mga elitista lng mkikinabang dyan.

    • ern

      bobo!!! eletista? familiar word…..salitang komunista yan at sa mga nagpapabayad para makipagrally.

      • common_juan

        Palibhasa tuta ka kasi ng YELLOW ZOMBIES! O baka naman nagpapatsupa ka sa mga mayayaman na yan para kumita ka sa pang araw araw mo?

    • Tommy

      Di ba gumagamit ng kalye ang bus?

      • common_juan

        Galing mo din ano? Syempre alam ko dumadaan lahat ng uri ng sasakyan dyan kasama ang bus mo. Ang tanong kaya ba ng lahat na magbayad ng sobra sa budget nila?

        Sa NLEX at SLEX lang umaaray na nga ang mga tao sa laki ng pamasahe sa bus at sa mga private vehicles dahil din sa toll fee tapos eto pa!

      • Tommy

        At kung walang NLEX/SLEX, magkano ang babayaran ng mamamayan para sa transpo nila? At iilang oras ang masasayang sa mga commute?

        Kung walang NLEX/SLEX, tataas din ang gastos ng mga truck na nagdadala ng mga produkto papunta at galing Maynila. Dahil don, tataas ang mga presyo.

        Kung walang SLEX/NLEX, maraming kompanya na di magtatayo ng mga opisina sa labas ng Maynila, dahil sobrang tagal puntahan.

        Pero sige, reklamo lang ng reklamo.

  • KurakotNaPinoy

    Toll gate nanaman???

    • mave

      Hindi eskinita yan….nakasulat na nga nag tatanong kapa nakakahiya naman sayo noh!!!…hahaha

    • ern

      private kasi gagawa, magooperate, magmemaintain at gagastos dyan…. for35 years. Pwede ka naman hindi dumaan dyan kung ayaw mo magbayad. Dumaan ka lang kung saan ka dumadaan ngayon.

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