MPT South to construct Cavite portion of Calax when it gets ROW

METRO Pacific Tollways South Corp. (MPT South) may start constructing the Cavite portion of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (Calax) as soon as it receives a “substantial” portion of right-of-way (ROW), a company official said.

Luigi L. Bautista, the company’s president, said his group hopes to receive about 40 percent of the Cavite easement before it can start the construction of the expressway.

“We have yet to receive substantial right-of-way to allow us to start. We hope to get about 10 kilometers [km] to 11 kilometers of the 28 kilometers to start,” he said in an interview.

The company tapped Leighton Asia to build the Cavite side of the expressway, which involves the construction of a 28-km, four-lane expressway.

Construction of the segment was initially seen to start this quarter.

For the Laguna side, the company has started building the seven bridges and the embankment walls for the main carriage way.

DM Consunji Inc. was tapped for the 18-km segment.

The P34.5-billion facility will start from Cavite Expressway in Kawit, Cavite, and end at the South Luzon Expressway-Mamplasan Interchange in Biñan, Laguna.

The project will involve building a four-lane expressway from these two points through congested residential and industrial areas in Kawit, Imus, General Trias, Dasmariñas and Silang in Cavite, through to Santa Rosa and Biñan in Laguna.

The project will have eight interchanges and one main toll barrier.

Construction is expected to be completed by 2020, while operations and maintenance would be from 2020 to 2050.



MNTC To Complete New Segments in Q1

By NLEX Corporation, as seen on, November 9th, 2017

The NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10, an elevated expressway linking MacArthur Highway in Valenzuela City and C3 Road in Caloocan City, is projected to be operational by the end of the first quarter of 2018.

“We expect to finish the project by early next year, anticipating complete delivery of the remaining right-of-way by end of this month,” this was announced by Raul Ignacio, NLEX Corporation Senior Vice President for Tollways Development and Engineering during the launch of DPWH’s Infra Track App and inspection of the Segment 10 project.

Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) President Jose Ma. Lim and NLEX Corporation officials hosted the “Build Build Build” team led by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, and Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) President Vince Dizon during a site inspection of the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10.

Featured as one of the big-ticket projects in the “Build Build Build” infrastructure plan, the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 is envisioned to alleviate Metro Manila’s traffic congestion and drive commerce between the Harbor area and Central and North Luzon. It is seen to advance transport logistics and facilitate efficient delivery of goods.

At present, the NLEX Corporation has accelerated construction on the recently turned over ROW areas in Valenzuela and Caloocan.

Through the efforts of the DPWH right-of-way task force, the Local Governments of Caloocan and Valenzuela, and Philippine National Railways (PNR) management, the Poblacion Public Market in Caloocan City and the Tullahan River-San Francisco area in Valenzuela City were cleared.

“We are fast tracking the turnover of the remaining right-of-way needed to complete Segment 10,” said Secretary Villar, noting that “with the help of our Infra Track App, we will be able to closely monitor the developments of projects like this that will decongest Metro Manila and boost investments in the country.”

The P10.5-billion NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 traverses Karuhatan in Valenzuela City, Governor Pascual Avenue in Malabon City, and C3 road in Caloocan City.

Meanwhile, ROW acquisition and initial construction activities are ongoing for the 2.6-kilometer Radial Road 10 section of the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 from C3 Road in Caloocan City to R10 in Navotas City.

Cebu-Cordova toll bridge construction underway

CEBU, Philippines — Construction of the Cebu-Cordova toll bridge is underway in July as right-of-way (ROW) acquisition is almost complete, an official said.

Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway Corp (CCLEC) president and general manager Allan Alfon said ROW progress is now at 91 percent, an information also disclosed by its parent firm Metro Pacific Investments Corp (MPIC) on Thursday.

“We committed to start actual construction come July 4,” Alfon told The FREEMAN.

He said the company is still on the design stage for the project.

“We’re still on the design stage with some physical activity on site for bore holes testing purposes of samples,” Alfon also noted.

Funding for the construction of the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEx) had already been secured through a combination of equity and debt.

MPIC, CCLEC’s parent firm, noted CCLEx’s project cost is P26.3 billion.

MPIC had said its tollways arm Metro Pacific Tollways Corp (MPTC) will spend approximately P122.8 billion in the next five years on building highways and tollroads around the Philippines, including the 8.3-kilometer Cebu-Cordova toll bridge.

The Cebu Link Joint Venture (CLJV) is currently finishing the detailed engineering design for the project which is expected to be completed by May or June.

It has been issued the Notice of Award for the “Design and Build” contract of the 8.5-kilometer CCLEx, the much-anticipated bridge project that will connect Cebu City to the municipality of Cordova on Mactan Island.

CLJV is a joint venture of Spain-based Acciona Construccion S.A. and Philippine-based infrastructure companies First Balfour Inc., and publicly listed D.M. Consunji Inc. First Balfour is the construction subsidiary of listed First Philippine Holdings Corp.

CCLEx is the first of MPTC’s envisioned toll road expansion projects in Visayas and Mindanao.

CCLEC will build, operate and maintain the toll bridge through a joint venture agreement with the local governments of Cebu City and Cordova Municipality.

CCLEx will have two lanes in each direction and will feature the main navigation span bridge, along with viaduct approach bridges, a causeway, roadway and toll facilities.

The span of the bridge allows for shipping traffic and the link is expected to serve at least 40,000 vehicles daily.

The 8.25-kilometer toll bridge will connect Cebu City to Mactan Island via Cordova, envisioned to decongest the traffic in the two existing bridges (Marcelo Fernan Bridge and Mandaue Bridge) between Mactan and Cebu, due to the worsening traffic situation in the area. It is located around 7.5 kilometers south of Mandaue Bridge and will take off from the Cebu South Coastal Road crossing the Mactan channel to Mactan Island.


MPT South expects govt to give original proponent status on CTBEx proposal

METRO Pacific Tollways South Corp. (MPT South) hopes to receive this month the original proponent status for the P22.43-billion Cavite-Tagaytay-Batangas Expressway (CTBEx), an unsolicited proposal it submitted to the government in July last year.

Luigi L. Bautista, the company’s president, said his group submitted all documents required by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in relation to its unsolicited proposal.

“We hope to get the original proponent status by next month,” he said in an interview late Monday, April 30. “As far as we are concerned, we have completed the required information so it’s really up to the DPWH to review and issue the original proponent status to us.”

Being granted an original proponent status will give the proponent a competitive advantage to its would-be competitors during the competitive challenge for the project.

Under the implementing rules and regulations of the build-operate-transfer law, the government must place unsolicited proposals to a Swiss challenge, which, in a nutshell, is a legal process of inviting other groups to bid for an unsolicited deal.

The original proponent then has the right to submit a counteroffer.

Earlier, DPWH Undersecretary Maria Catalina E. Cabral said the agency aims to officially subject the CTBEx proposal to a Swiss challenge as early as the first half of 2018.

But given the movement of the proposal, it may seem that the timeline for the Swiss challenge will have to be pushed back a little further.

After receiving the original proponent status, the company and the implementing agency will then enter into an exclusive negotiations process to further polish the offer to be more beneficial to the state and the public.

The offer will then be subject to the approval of several bodies under the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda), including the Neda Board, which is chaired by President Duterte.

Once it gets the green light from the Neda Board, the project will then undergo the Swiss challenge.

CTBEx, a proposed 49-kilometer (km)expressway, will connect Cavite and Batangas, with a spur road to Tagaytay City and ultimately terminating in Nasugbu, with another spur road to Tuy, Batangas.

Bautista said the project will greatly improve access to Tagaytay City and Nasugbu, thereby ensuring faster travel and support for the government’s tourism thrust. Once completed, travel time will be reduced to less than an hour from the current 2.5 hours, he added.

The whole expressway will take about three years to complete, but the company can open the first section in one and a half years.

The government aims to award the contract by mid-2018.

CTBEx will start at the Silang East Interchange of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway. The alignment shall traverse the towns of Silang, Amadeo, Mendez and Alfonso in Cavite; Tagaytay City; and Nasugbu in Batangas.

Expected to handle an initial 60,000 vehicles per day, the proposed expressway will have eight major interchanges, two spur roads and a number of overpasses.

It is divided into three phases: Section 1, a 17.4-km road from Silang, Cavite to Tagaytay; Section 2, a 9.86-km road from Tagaytay to Alfonso; and Section 3, a 22.2-km road from Alfonso to Nasugbu.

Should the project be awarded by mid-2018, the proponent can start the construction of the infrastructure by the third quarter of 2019. The whole expressway is expected to be opened by mid-2022, the last year of President Duterte’s term.

Metro Pacific Investments Corp., an infrastructure-holdings conglomerate in the Philippines, is no stranger to unsolicited proposals for toll projects.

After waiting six long years, it bagged last year the multibillion-peso connector road, an 8-km road that will link the North and South Luzon Expressway. It also has existing proposals for the development of thoroughfares in Metro Manila.

Metro Pacific is the largest tollways operator in the Philippines. It also has interests in expressways in Thailand and Vietnam.