THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said the Cavite-Batangas Expressway (CBEX) and Cavite-Tagaytay-Batangas Expressway (CTBEX) projects will go ahead pending the resolution of interconnection issues.

“Both of the projects will continue as the two of them passed concession agreements. But we will have to iron out the pending issues so both of them can start,” DPWH Secretary Manuel M. Bonoan told reporters.

“I don’t think there will be a conflict in alignment because they have separate concessions,” he added.

On Feb. 7, San Miguel Holdings, Inc. and the Cavite province signed a joint venture and a 35-year tollway concession agreement which involves the construction, financing, operations, and maintenance of CBEX.

CBEX is a 27.06-kilometer toll road traversing Silang, Amadeo, Tagaytay, Indang, Mendez and Alfonso, Cavite, ending in Nasugbu, Batangas.

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, San Miguel Corp. said that the project aims to improve the connectivity between the National Capital Region and the Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon region, enhance the mobility of people and goods, and mitigate road congestion in the area.

CTBEX is a project of Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. unit MPCALA Holdings, Inc., running through Silang, Tagaytay, Amadeo, Alfonso, and Magallanes, Cavite and Nasugbu. — Justine Irish D. Tabile