Ongoing construction activities at the Link Road Connecting Aguinaldo Highway and Governor’s Drive

The Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) of CALABARZON conducted field inspection of two interconnectivity projects in Cavite Province that will help decongest heavy traffic congestions in the province. The Department of Public Works and Highways Region IV-A (DPWH) assisted the RPMC in the field inspection on August 30.

The RPMC inspected the Link Road Connecting Emilio Aguinaldo Highway and Governor’s Drive FY 2018 component, a 1.4-km two-lane diversion road with two bridges connecting the above-cited national roads in Dasmariñas City. The project is 50.56% complete. It aims to avoid heavy traffic congestions in the intersection where SM City and Robinsons Place are located. From SLEX Carmona Exit, travellers can go to Tagaytay via Emilio Aguinaldo Highway after passing the proposed Link Road and vice versa. The project implementation is currently under suspension due to the following: a) revision of plan designs for the bridge; b) the road alignment being close to a tower of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP); and c) informal settler families (ISF) located at the starting point of the project. DPWH together with Dasmariñas City had negotiations with the affected ISFs. The RPMC will assist in following-up of NGCP approval of the mitigating measure submitted by DPWH.

Ongoing construction activities at the General Aguinaldo-Magallanes-Nasugbu Road, Silang Section

The second project inspected was the General Aguinaldo-Magallanes-Nasugbu Road, Silang Section that involves 3.7 km road concreting and construction of drainage & slope protection structures. The project is also called East-West Road that will connect the provinces of Cavite and Batangas, and serve as a redundant road to the Tagaytay to Nasugbu Road. The project implementation is suspended due to road right-of-way issues and absence of road alignment for its FY 2017 component. The RPMC recommends for the DPWH to fast track the negotiations with the lot owners, finalize the alignment for the FY 2017 component and possibly terminate the existing contract on the said component due to the long delay.

Ray Michael Kevin H. Abuso, NEDA Region IV-A | September 6, 2019