The Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAx) breaks its ground on June 19, 2017 in Nuvali Spine Road, Sta Rosa, Laguna. This Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) between Metro Pacific group and the government marks the progress of the “Build, build, build” campaign that promotes easier transportation system in the country.
Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar and Metro Pacific Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan lead the groundbreaking rites of the CALAx construction. Keynote guests who joined the event were Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, National Economic and Development Authority Secretary Ernesto Pernia, Bases Conversion and Development Authority Chairman Vivencio Dizon, Department of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, and Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar.
“We and the government are showing the true spirit of public-private partnership in creating jobs and revitalizing the economy by making the flow of goods and services seamless. An estimated 5,000 jobs will be created with the construction of CALAx for years and throughout its concession period. Employment will be enhanced not only by those who will design, build and operate the facility, but also by the consequent creation of more manufacturing jobs and greater economic opportunities for those who invest, work, live or commute around the Cavite-Laguna corridor of the project.” said Mr. J. Luigi L. Bautista, President of Metro Pacific Tollways South, the implementor of the project.
With the growing population of Kawit, Imus, General Trias, Dasmarinas and Silang in Cavite, as well as Sta. Rosa and Binan in Laguna, the four-lane 45-kilometer closed system tollway will pave an easier route for travelers passing by these areas. A lnk between Cavite Expressway (CAVITEx) in Kawit, Cavite and the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx)-Mamplasan Interchange in Biñan, Laguna will comprise the road network of CALAx. It will have eight interchanges and one main toll barrier thus, reducing the travel time to 45 minutes.
Along with this infrastructure development is the birth of housing and employment opportunities among the communities surrounding the road facility. The construction will officially start in June 2017 and is expected to be fully operational by 2021.
The 35-year contract to build, maintain and oversee operations of CALAx was awarded to Metro Pacific Tollways Construction. Metro Pacific is the winning bidder behind CAVITEx, NLEX, SCTEX and the C5 South Link.