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DPWH awaits approval of P22B road project

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DPWH awaits approval of P22B road project

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) hopes to secure the approval of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board for the P22.43 billion Cavite-Batangas Expressway (CTBEx) of Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC), the department’s chief said.

Public Works Secretary Mark Villar

In a recent virtual briefing, Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said he was optimistic the multi-billion peso project may get NEDA Board’s approval “very soon.”

“We’re looking to expedite the process with the NEDA,” the official said.

Pangilinan-led MPTC was able to bag the original proponent status in 2018, a year after it proposed the project to the government.

Once it receives the approval of NEDA Board, MPTC could be cleared for a Swiss challenge, allowing other groups to present their proposal. The original proponent can then submit a counter-offer.

The infrastructure will run approximately 50.31 kilometers, with a two-by-two lane expressway connecting Cavite and Batangas and a spur road to Tagaytay City. It will also have another spur road to Tuy in Batangas.

The two-by-two lane carriageway will traverse Silang, Tagaytay, Amadeo, Mendez, Alfonso and Magallanes in Cavite; and Nasugbu in Batangas.

MPTC targets to cut travel time between Governor’s Drive and Nasugbu to 40 minutes from the current one hour and 40 minutes; and reduce time between Sta. Rosa and Tagaytay from the usual two hours to 46 minutes.

   

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