The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has opened the modernized segment of Laguna Lake Highway ahead of its 2019 target.
Formerly known as the C-6 road, the Laguna Lake Highway will help connect the eastern portions of Metro Manila to certain towns in Rizal.
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the 6.94-kilometer; four-lane road in Taguig has been opened to provide an alternative road for motorists traversing EDSA and C-5 to Taytay, Rizal.
This is also envisioned to help address the projected traffic congestion in December due to the holiday rush.
The toll-free road is expected to cut down travel time from Taguig to Taytay, Rizal and vice versa from more than an hour to just 30 minutes.
“We will continue to maintain it pero ito matibay po. Makapal ang semento. Pang commercial talaga ito kung dati itong alignment gravel kaya hindi talaga pang commercial pero ngayon napakakapal ng semento,” said Villar.
Secretary Villar said that apart from wider lanes, the Laguna Lake Highway is also the first national road with dedicated lanes for bikes.
The project costs P1.8 billion and is part of the Duterte administration’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ program.
Meanwhile, the DPWH and the Department of Budget and Management explain the allegedly growing number of Chinese workers being hired in the Philippines under the government’s infrastructure programs.
Officials clarified that they only hire Chinese specialists who have advanced technological knowledge to work on government projects
“Karamihan po ng projects natin ay locally-funded. Hindi naman ganoon kalaki percentage ng nasa foreign,” said Villar.
“Matagal na naman nating ginagamit ang mga Chinese. Meron talaga silang comparative advantage. Halimbawa kapag nagpatayo tayo ng bridge dito. Wala naman nakaalam na Pinoy… yung Chinese… yung bagong technology,” said Diokno.
The Department of Labor and Employment stated earlier they will investigate reports on the alleged illegal hiring of Chinese workers in the country. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue