Proponents for 3 expressways sought


    The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), in partnership with the Public-Private Partnership Center (PPPC), had a meeting with the private sector yesterday to ascertain their level of interest to pursue three proposed big-ticket expressway projects in Southern Tagalog and Central Luzon, Central Visayas, and Davao Region.

    DPWH and PPPC’s virtual meeting with contractors, financing institutions, and potential investors is their latest sounding exercise event.

    Mark Villar, DPWH secretary, said this will help the government ascertain the level of interest of the private sector to undertake the proposed 226.5-kilometer Pacific Eastern Seaboard expressway that will connect Quezon to Aurora; 73.75-km. Metro Cebu expressway that will connect Cebu’s Naga City and Danao City; and the 60-km. Davao-Digos expressway that will link Davao City to Digos City.

    “We want to gather initial feedback from potential project sponsors, contractors/operators and financiers especially during this pandemic situation who are willing to help the government in making these high-impact projects into a reality. These roads are vital in facilitating economic improvement not just in Luzon, but also in Visayas, and Mindanao,” said Villar.

    Pacific Eastern Seaboard expressway is proposed as a coastal highway that will start from Atimonan traversing Mauban, Real and Infanta in Quezon and will end in Dingalan, Aurora.

    It will serve as a shorter alternate route between Central and South Luzon, bypassing main thoroughfares especially in the busy Mega Manila.

    The Metro Cebu expressway project is intended to serve as another north-south backbone highway that will provide seamless traffic flow from Naga City up to Danao City. It will reduce travel time between the two cities from three hours to only one hour and 30 minutes.

    Davao-Digos expressway, which will start at the Bukidnon-Davao National Highway in Davao City and will end at Digos-Sultan Kudarat Road, will traverse the towns of Toril and Santa Cruz and will serve as an alternative route for the Davao-Cotabato National Highway (AH26). It is aimed to provide safe and high-speed access to the North-South Mindanao Corridor.

    Villar said the event is not only meant to review details of the projects and determine the level of interest of the private sector, but also gather initial feedback from potential project sponsors and identify potential risks in the project undertaking.