The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) recently said that the bidding for the P35-billion Cavite-Laguna (CALA) Expressway Project will push through this year.
Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson said that the bidding for the CALA Expressway Project would be this year.
“The bid documents for the CALA Expressway Project are being finalized,” said Rafael Yabut, undersecretary for Project Management Office Operations for Foreign-Assisted Projects of DPWH, in Filipino.
DPWH also said that there are three interested parties for the project.
“Verbally well of course San Miguel, then Ayala [Land] then MPIC [Metro Pacific Investments Corp.] because of their Cavitex, And Ayala because of their massive property, and their land development sharing,” said Yabut.
Earlier, SMC said that it would vie for the CALA project. SMC has a controlling interest in the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).
The Ayala Group has vast property projects in Southern Luzon, while MPIC has invested in Cavitex Holdings Inc, which holds the concession for the Cavite Expressway, the toll road connecting Metro Manila to the province of Cavite.
The official also said that the CALA project would be resubmitted to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) for approval. The CALA Expressway Project is a 27.2-km highway that will connect Bacoor and Dasmariñas, link it to the Manila-Cavite Coastal Road in the north to the proposed East-West Cavite-Laguna Expressway in the south.
As a pure public-private partnership venture, the winning private bidder would have to assume the financial burden of completing the project. Once NEDA approves the project, the winning private bidder will finance, design and construct the P15.8-billion, 18.1-kilometer Laguna section from the Aguinaldo Highway to the SLEX-Mamplasan exit in Laguna.
According to the DPWH’s old published invitation to bid, the private sector will also to finance, design, and construct only the P19.69- billion, 28.9-kilometer Cavite section from Kawit to Aguinaldo Highway in Silang, Cavite.