TRAVELING to the upcoming Acienda Designer Outlet mall will be easier after the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced the Aguinaldo interchange of the Cavite-Tagaytay-Batangas Expressway (CTBEx) project will be located next to the shopping center.
With this development, visitors from Metro Manila and other provinces will find it easier to reach the new outlet mall, located along Km. 48 Aguinaldo Highway in Silang, Cavite.
Acienda Designer Outlet mall is scheduled to be opened on Oct. 26.
Public Works Secretary Mark A. Villar gave Metro Pacific Tollways South Management Corporation (MPT) the original proponent status for the CTBEx project, a 50.42-kilometer highway that will connect the West Silang Interchange of the ongoing Cavite-Laguna Expressway to Tagaytay City and Nasugbu.
The P22.43 billion-project will have another seven main interchanges including Silang East, Pook, Amadeo, Mendez, Alfonso, Magallanes, and Nasugbu. At least two sections of the CTBEx are expected to open by 2022.
“It will cut travel time to Nasugbu, Batangas, where the usual trip of one hour and 42 minutes will be shortened to 44 minutes, while traveling to Tagaytay through Sta. Rosa will take only about an hour instead of two and a half hours,” Mr. Villar, who visited Acienda, was quoted as saying in the statement.
Acienda will have around 100 outlet stores that will offer good bargains on branded items. The project is a partnership of Cathay Land and international outlet developer and operator Freeport Retail from the United Kingdom.
Jeffrey Ng, president of Cathay Land, said the government’s infrastructure projects will make Acienda Designer Outlet accessible to more Filipinos.
“With the CTBEx, travel time to Acienda will be cut to about 40 minutes from the Entertainment City in Pasay. This will give our customers less time on the road and more time to spend with their families and friends while exploring the property with our curated mix of retail and food outlets,” Mr. Ng said.
Silang Mayor Emilia Poblete expressed confidence the new developments will have a positive impact on the community.
“The CALAX (Cavite-Laguna Expressway) and the CTBEx will help bring in more investors. Right now, we have the Cathay Group, which is putting up the Acienda Design Outlet and we are looking forward to it because it will be a destination that will help put Silang on the tourist map,” Ms. Poblete said.