2020 is banner year for ‘Build, Build, Build’ – DPWH Sec. Villar

2020 is banner year for ‘Build, Build, Build’ – DPWH Sec. Villar

Department of Public Works Highways Secretary Mark Villar made a promise to the Filipino people that more road openings by next year.
2020 is being called by the DPWH Secretary as the “banner year’ of the Duterte administration’s flagship infrastructure program.

Secretary Villar said the government was right on track in completing projects under “Build, Build, Build,” despite criticisms that it was a “dismal failure” with the “challenges” stemming from right of way acquisitions.

Department of Public Works Highways Secretary Mark Villar
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Big ticket projects like Expressways and bypass roads under the public-private partnership (PPP) program were identified and categorized as high impact projects, all geared toward solving traffic gridlock in Metro Manila and adjacent provinces, Villar said.

As per the DPWH website, 6 projects under the public-private partnership (PPP) program are identified as either ongoing or under operation and maintenance, and 15 others up for feasibility study or evaluation.

One high impact project that is expected to be finished next year is the 45-kilometer CALAEx that would connect Laguna and Cavite provinces, under a 35-year concession with Metro Pacific Tollways Corp (MPTC).

The 10-km section of CALAEx (Mamplasan, Biñan City to Sta.Rosa-Tagaytay Interchange) fully opens on Monday, in time for the Christmas and New Year holidays.

According to Villar, the DPWH is targeting to open next another 6 km of CALAEx with an exit leading to Silang, Cavite.

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