The Department of Budget and Management is kick-starting the construction of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway by releasing P1.6 billion for it. The amount will supposedly be used to partially cover the project's right-of-way acquisition and contract services costs.
The Cavite-Laguna Expressway is a 47km, four-lane highway that will connect the end of the Cavite Expressway in Kawit to the South Luzon Expressway's Mamplasan Interchange in Biñan, Laguna. Projected to cost P35.4 billion under a public-private partnership scheme, 71% or P25.2 billion will supposedly be undertaken by a private sector entity while the remaining P10.2 billion will be covered by the national government.
The implementation of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway is expected to start this year with its completion expected in 2018.
"The construction of the CALA expressway would definitely improve access to transportation and open more opportunities for investment in economic and industrial zones," said Budget secretary Florencio Abad. "We're talking about greater accessibility to and from NAIA, as well as to and from our seaports in Manila and Batangas, for example. But more important is the decongestion of traffic between Cavite and Laguna, so our commuters will have an easier time plying this route daily."
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