DPWH’s fourth priority: Metro Cebu Expressway

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THE Metro Cebu Expressway project has been tagged as one of the priorities of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) under the administration of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

A bulletin published on the DPWH website showed that the new administration has prioritized 13 infrastructure projects in the country, and the Metro Cebu Expressway, which has been labeled No. 4 in the priority list, will be placed under public-private partnership (PPP).

Former DPWH-Central Visayas Director Edgar Tabacon said in May this year that funds from the international or private sector are needed to hasten and complete the construction of the 73-kilometer expressway that will connect the City of Naga in the south of Cebu to Danao City in the north of Cebu Island.

“It would be really good if it would be placed under foreign assistance (Overseas Development Assistance) or through PPP,” Tabacon said in a mix of Cebuano and English.

Tabacon said if the original plan is to be followed, it would take 17 years for Segment 3 of the Metro Cebu Expressway to be completed due to delays in funding.

The Metro Cebu Expressway has been divided into three segments: Segments 1 and 2 start from Danao City to Talisay City, while Segment 3 runs from Minglanilla to the City of Naga.

Segment 3, which is still under construction, spans 17.15 kilometers and it would cost the National Government P4.5 billion.

The government has so far released P1.3 billion in the past five years (2017-2021), or P260 million per year.

Works on Segments 1 and 2 that span 57 kilometers have not been started yet.

The whole Metro Cebu Expressway, estimated to cost P28 billion, will shorten the travel time from Danao to Naga from three hours to one hour.

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