Mindanao Eyed for Expressway Project
Metro Pacific Investment Corporation is eyeing Mindanao for potential expressway projects.
Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) President and Chief Executive Officer Rodrigo Franco said that they are studying the prospects. the Department of Public works and highways (DPWH) also mentioned some potential expressways.
The proposed expressways are the Davao City Expressway which is 23.3 kilometers within Davao City proper connecting the Sta. Ana Port near the outskirts of the City proper in Panacan Road and Carlos P. Garcia National Highway. The Davao City expressway will cost P24.5 Billion.
The proposed project is expected to improve the traffic congestion in Davao City. It also complements ongoing, committed and proposed projects to further enhancement and improvement of access that will encourage an increase in economic activities.
DPWH has another proposed project which is the Davao-Digos Expressway which has the length of 60 kilometers.
The project will start at Bukidnon-Davao National Highway and ends at Digos-Sultan Kudarat. The expressway will traverse Toril and Santa Cruz ands will serve as an alternative route for the Davao-Cotabato National Highway, though the expense is not yet determined.
“We would like to take a look and see if these are viable as PPP (public-private partnership). If viable, then we’ll be interested,” Franco said.
The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway and Manila-Cavite Toll Expressway are also projects of MPTC.
The company has also has tollway projects under the PPP program such as the Cavite-Laguna Expressway, Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway and NLEX-South Luzon Expressway Connector Road.