11 groups vie for P35-B road project

Cavite-Laguna expressway bidding in December


Cavite-Laguna Expressway Route Map

The big-ticket Cavite-Laguna Expressway public-private partnership (PPP) project has drawn the interest of at least 11 firms, which have purchased prequalification documents released by the Department of Public Works and Highways.

A statement from the PPP Center said the firms included San Miguel Corp., AC Infrastructure Holdings Corp. of Ayala Corp., Makati Development Corp. of Ayala Land Inc., Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corp. of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. and Aboitizland Inc. of Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc.

Also bidding for the toll road are Megawide Engineering Excellence of Megawide Construction Corp., Korea Expressway Corp., Malaysian-backed Alloy MTD Philippines Inc., Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) Pte. Ltd., Leighton Contractors (Philippines) Inc. and Egis Projects Developer of Infrastructure and Service.

The Cavite-Laguna Expressway is the third project of the DPWH under the PPP program and its biggest so far with an estimated cost of P35.42 billion for the four-lane, 47-kilometer expressway.

The project will start from the Manila-Cavite expressway in Kawit, Cavite, and end at the South Luzon Expressway-Mamplasan Interchange in Biñan, Laguna. When constructed, the Cavite-Laguna Expressway will decongest traffic along the Cavite-Laguna road network and reduce the travel time to and from Metro Manila.

The prospective bidders were given until Sept. 23 to submit their prequalification requirements.

The DPWH recently restructured the toll road into a “pure” PPP deal, which means the private sector will be responsible for the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the entire project.

Based on the original structure, a private group would operate the entire toll road but it would build only the 28.9-km stretch from Kawit to Aguinaldo Highway in Cavite. The government was to tap overseas development assistance (ODA) funds to build the remaining 18.1-km stretch.

Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson said he expected the actual bidding to take place in December this year and the contract would likely be awarded to the winning bidder by January 2014.

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  • ban

    Excited ako para sa proyektong ito. Makakatulong ito sa mga taga Southern Cavite. Imbes na mastuck ng dalawang oras sa Aguinaldo Highway in Dasma, Imus, and Bacoor, tuloy-tuloy na ang drive papuntang M.M.

  • Bulagas

    kwentong barbero nanaman eto!!! kelan ba talaga masimulan ang consdtruction ng mga PPP na yan

  • joboni96

    gagatasan na naman tayo ng
    dayuhan at intsik switik sa project na ito

    1. pilipino galing most of the capital
    via loans on pilipino deposits sa intsik switik banks

    2. pilipino engineers and technicians

    3. pilipino labor sa construction

    4. pilipino employees ang management

    5. pilipino bayad sa toll fees

    dayuhan at intsik switik ang pakinabang

    1. retail sale government bonds to all pilipinos
    2. pure dpwh project – transparent and benchmarked
    3. only pilipino contractors

  • jeproks2002

    35B project na naman…sa LUZON. may project ba sa VISAYAS at MINDANAO?

  • beardedone

    They should plan for three more of these roads running north-south direction and multiple east-west roads in this area. In 20 years (if not sooner) it will be populated to its seams and major roads will be badly needed.

    Today there is a chance for someone to be the future traffic hero of the entire region South of Manila all the way to Laguna. Plan it now, stick to it and build it later when there are funds. If you provide people a chance to move around you’ll generate economic growth. Guaranteed.

  • John Fereira

    Pinag aralan ba ng mabuti yan, ang traffic ay hindi po dyan sa Cavite – Laguna kahit wala po yan maluwag po ang traffic sa area na yan.

    Huwag naman po sayangin ang pera ng bayan, sana kung sa mga company na yan ang gastos at bahala silang malugi huwag naman ipapa shoulder sa govt.

  • pilipino

    Good that Villar does not seem to be bidding for the project, unless he is hidden somewhere under one of those 11 firms vying for this project, because in another report earlier (google “Villar group to bid for Cavite-Laguna Expressway project”) they wanted to be in.

    DPWH, don’t ever qualify them to bid for the project, they do not have the proper technical capability of building highways. Look at what happened to Daang Hari in Cavite – cracked pavements, wrong/inadequate road super-elevation on curves, and worse is, the intersections are located on the vertical and horizontal bends which is a no-no in Highway Engineering. Go to EVIA (the intersection in Daang Hari where there is the McDo and Rustan’s grocer) the multiple intersection is right there where the highway is turning and right at the crest of a vertical curve!

    Bobo ang tawag doon sa Highway Engineering! Paano ang pinag-construct ni Villar mga unlicensed housing contractor niya who are doubling up as road contractors for his housing projects at fresh grad at unlicensed Civil Engineer ang ginawang project supervisor.

    • ern

      nasa nagpapatupad na govt side ang problema. The specifications are very straightforward, plain and simple. Regarding alignment, nasa topography din yan….. e bakit nga yung mga daan sa bundok? Add to this may matitigas na landowners ayaw ibigay ang right-of-way. If the route is not ideal or practical, just the same, nasa govt side pa rin yan. Kaya iba talaga ang may project consultant sa construction design and supervision…..may third party na nakabantay.

      • Jack Phalaphitac

        A gov’t. project being built by a private entity has the DPWH representing the gov’t. and the technical people of the private contractor representing their company. These two parties coordinate with each other to ensure the project completion satisfactory to both. Project consultants’ loyalty goes to which party hires them, so it is not a third party. Most of the time, these consultants work for the govt. since they came in packaged with the project cost, especially if the project is foreign funded through foreign loans.

        Evidence of taking a shortcut or maybe plain lack of technical know how on both parties who undertook this project is that you will never see them together on the field, the contractor and the DPWH people, laying out a curve to get the designed super elevation. These curves are usually surveyed and laid out manually on the proposed road, obtaining the radius, elev, all the curve elements on site, before actual cutting, filling and concreting can commence. Who’s to blame then if this road turned out to be this bad? The ‘bobos’ among us, maybe.

  • kismaytami

    LOL! Ang Daang Hari-SLEX Connector Road nga, nilalangaw hanggang ngayon. Eto pa kaya? Kaya ang trapik sa dulo ng Daang Hari sa Ayala-Alabang, talo pa ang EDSA.

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