MPTC ‘interested’ in implementing Metro Cebu Expressway project

THE Metro Pacific Tollway Corporation (MPTC) is interested in joining the public bidding for the multi-billion Metro Cebu Expressway that will connect the City of Naga in the south of Cebu to Danao City in the north.

This was confirmed by Allan Alfon, president and general manager of the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC), the company that manages the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway that connects Cebu City to Cordova town in Mactan Island.

The CCLEC is a subsidiary company of MPTC, which is owned by businessman Manuel Pangilinan.

“This (the project) was presented to us years ago and we said we were interested in bidding since it is subject for bidding because it falls under solicited proposal,” Alfon said in a mix of Cebuano and English.

He said the Department of Public Works and Highways had presented the project to them and other private structure groups.

“I think the public bidding will be based on the lowest toll that you can offer,” Alfon said.

Construction of the Metro Cebu Expressway, which will serve as an alternative north-south highway for Cebu bypassing the coastal areas, started five years ago.

So far, a little over five kilometers of the 71-kilometer-long expressway has been completed. (PAC, PJB)