San Miguel Corp. said Tuesday it secured an original proponent status from the provincial government of Cavite for its proposed expressway from Cavite to Batangas.
Renato Abutan, chairman of the province’s public-private partnership selection committee, said the Cavite government accepted the unsolicited proposal of San Miguel Holdings Corp. for the development, design, financing, maintenance and construction of the Cavite-Batangas Expressway Project.
The project is a 27.06-kilometer toll road from the municipalities of Silang, Amadeo, Tagaytay, Indang, Mendez and Afonso in Cavite and Nasugbu Batangas.
“Accordingly, the provincial government of Cavite also granted original proponent status to SMHC on June 30, giving it the right to proceed with detailed negotiations and if successful, to exercise the right to match the best comparative that may be submitted during the competitive challenge process,” Abutan said.
“In line with the province’s PPP code, the PPP selection committee will now proceed with the competitive process which is a mandatory process that is designed to solicit comparative proposals from the other potential proponents as counterbids to the unsolicited proposals by SMC, the original proponent,” he said.
San Miguel’s expressway portfolio includes the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway, the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road, South Luzon Expressway, the Skyway System and the NAIA Expressway.
It also proposed to build the Pasig River Expressway, a 19.37-km. elevated road along Pasig River that will link the eastern and western sections of Metro Manila—from Rizal province to the city of Manila.
SMC envisions PAREX as a hybrid infrastructure that can be used by motorists, public transport, cyclists and pedestrians to further enhance accessibility and traffic decongestion, while encouraging multiple modes of transportation. Its design will also incorporate green architecture principles.
Meanwhile, San Miguel’s rival Metro Pacific Tollway’s Corp. proposed the P22.4-billion Cavite-Tagaytay-Batangas Expressway Project which would also connect the two provinces in southern Luzon.
The Public Works Department granted the original proponent status to MPTC for the construction of CTBEX in 2018. CTBEX is a 50.4-kilometer expressway that will connect Cavite and Batangas, with a spur road to Tagaytay City and ultimately terminating in Nasugbu and another spur road to Tuy, Batangas.
CTBEX is expected to decongest about 23,000 vehicles daily from the nearby thoroughfares.
The project will start at Silang East Interchange of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway. The alignment will traverse the towns of Silang, Amadeo, Mendez, Alfonso and Tagaytay in Cavite and Nasugbu in Batangas.