THE DPWH has identified six priority public-private partnership (PPP) projects for this year.
DPWH Undersecretary for Planning and PPP Maria Catalina E. Cabral said in a statement that priority projects this year, expected to decongest major highways in Luzon and Mindanao, include the Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEX) Phase 2; Quezon-Bicol Expressway (QuBEX); Batangas City-Bauan Toll Road Project; Davao-Digos Expressway; Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union (TPLEX) Extension; and Delpan-Pasig-Marikina Expressway.
Ms. Cabral said the CLLEX Phase 2, a 35.7-kilometer extension of the existing CLLEX Phase I from Cabanatuan City and San Jose City, is now under procurement of Transaction Advisory (TA) Services and Feasibility Study (FS).
The feasibility study of the around 180-kilometer QuBEX will be completed by third quarter of 2018. The project will start at Pagbilao, Quezon and will end at Maharlika Highway in San Fernando, Camarines Sur.
For the Batangas-Bauang Toll Road Project, Davao-Digos Expressway, TPLEX Extension, and Delpan-Pasig-Marikina Expressway, the DPWH is preparing the terms of reference (TOR) and the estimated budget for the contract (EBC).
The Batangas City-Bauan Toll Road Project is a 10-kilometer road traversing the municipality of San Pascual, Batangas. The 60-kilometer Davao-Digos Expressway will start from Bukidnon-Davao National Highway in Davao City to Digos-Sultan Kudarat Road in Digos City; and the 24.72-kilometer Delpan-Pasig-Marikina Expressway will start in the City of Manila, pass through Makati City, and terminate at Marcos Highway in Marikina City through the Pasig River.
The EBC of TPLEX Extension is also being prepared by the DPWH while its TOR has been transmitted for approval, the agency said. The extension is a 54-kilometer toll road starting from the end of TPLEX Section 3B in Rosario, La Union to F. Ortega Highway in San Fernando, La Union. — Patrizia Paola C. Marcelo