MPCala Holdings Inc. on Wednesday broke ground on the P12-billion Cavite segment of the Cavite Laguna Expressway Project.
“We are pleased that our project is moving as it should and jobs are being generated. As a socially responsible corporate citizen, we would like to add value to our presence, not just in terms of bringing solutions to the traffic congestion but as a source of livelihood for the provinces of Cavite and Laguna,” MPCala president and general manager Roberto Bontia said.
The construction of the Laguna segment is now in full swing, employing up to 1,200 personnel. “We expect to additionally employ close to 1,300 site and office personnel as construction progresses for the Cavite Segment,” Bontia said.
He said the construction of the Cavite side was expected to be completed by 2022, while operations and maintenance would last until 2050.
MPCala tapped Leighton Holdings of Australia to build the Cavite side and local contractor DMCI Consunji Inc. to construct the Laguna segment.
The Cavite segment comprises 27 kilometers of the 45-kilometer Cavite-Laguna Expressway.
The construction of the Laguna segment is on-going.
The Cavite segment starts from Kawit, Cavite and traverses the Imus Open Canal, Governor’s Drive, Dasmariñas, Aguinaldo Highway and Silang which will connect to the Laguna segment from Sta. Rosa exiting to Mamplasan, Biñan Laguna towards South Luzon Expressway.
Upon completion, Calax is expected to cut travel time from 2.5 hours to less than 45minutes and help decongest about 50,000 cars.
“The DPWH team and the ‘Build, Build, Build’ team are truly making the Public-Private Partnership work with ease as we witness another milestone for Calax,” Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said.
“With the Laguna segment well underway and substantially completed by July of this year, we will simultaneously push for the Cavite segment to meet Laguna in a timely manner, completing the project by 2022,” Villar said.
Calax is a part of the network of toll roads which the MPTC is constructing and developing. It will connect to Manila-Cavite Expressway and the C5-South Link which will make transfers from Laguna, Cavite, Las Piñas, Parañaque and CP Garcia Ave. seamless.
MPTC’s portfolio also includes the recently opened Harbor Link Segment 10 and NLEx-SCTEx Connector in Metro Manila and Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway in the Visayas.