Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. reiterated its proposal for the P22.4-billion Cavite-Tagaytay-Batangas Expressway to the government after rival San Miguel Corp. submitted a similar project to the provincial government of Cavite.

MPTC president and chief executive Rodrigo Franco said the company submitted a letter to the Department of Public Works and Highways to “reiterate” its proposal to build an expressway from Cavite to Batangas.

“We were worried about the news,” referring to the awarding by the Cavite provincial government of original proponent status to San Miguel Corp. on the proposed Cavite-Batangas Expressway.

The SMC project is a 27.06-kilometer toll road from the municipalities of Silang, Amadeo, Tagaytay, Indang, Mendez and Afonso in Cavite to Nasugbu, Batangas.

Franco said the DPWH and the National Economic and Development Authority were communicating about the MPTC proposal.

The department earlier granted the original proponent status to MPTC for the construction of CTBEX in 2018. CTBEX is a 50.4-kilometer expressway that will connect Cavite and Batangas, with a spur road to Tagaytay City and ultimately terminating in Nasugbu and another spur road to Tuy, Batangas.

CTBEX is expected to decongest about 23,000 vehicles daily from the nearby thoroughfares.

The project will start at Silang East Interchange of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway. The alignment will traverse the towns of Silang, Amadeo, Mendez, Alfonso and Tagaytay in Cavite and Nasugbu in Batangas.

MPTC also proposed to construct NLEX-Cavitex Port Expressway Link―a 15-kilometer, six-lane expressway with elevated and tunnel portions from NLEX Segment 10 to Cavitex. This is expected to provide an ideal truck route to and from Manila Port Area.

The company also submitted an unsolicited proposal to build the C-5 Expressway―a 20 kilometer, six-lane elevated expressway from the end of NLEX Segment  8.2 in Quezon City to Cavitex C5 South Link in Taguig City.

It will complete the missing segment of the C5 Circumferential Expressway alignment, a crucial component of the Metro Manila Urban Expressway Network.

MPTC is now building the P23-billion NLEX Connector Road, which is expected to provide 35,000 motorists better access to Manila ports and airports. This will also enable faster transport of goods and services between Metro Manila and Luzon provinces.

MPTC operates the North Luzon Expressway, Cavite Laguna Expressway, Subic-Clark Tarlac Expressway, Manila-Cavite Expressway and C5 Southlink Expressway.

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