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The Cavite–Laguna Expressway (CALAEx, formerly and occasionally referred to as CALAX) is an under-construction expressway, whose alignment is situated in the provinces of Cavite and Laguna and the Philippines. The construction of the four-lane 47-kilometre-long (29 mi) expressway will connect CAVITEx in Kawit, Cavite to SLEx-Mamplasan Interchange and will cost an estimated ₱35.42 billion or US$787 million. When constructed, it is expected to ease the traffic in the Cavite–Laguna region, particularly in Aguinaldo Highway Tagaytay–Santa Rosa Road and Governor’s Drive.
The project is a 4-lane 45.29 km. closed-system tolled expressway connecting CAVITEX and SLEX. The project will start from the CAVITEX in Kawit, Cavite and end at the SLEX-Mamplasan Interchange in Biñan, Laguna. The project will have the following subsections:
There were four pre-qualified bidders vying for the CALAEX: Alloy MTD Philippines Inc.; Team Orion, the consortium of AC Infrastructure Holdings Inc., Aboitiz Land Inc., and Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings Philippines; MPCALA Holdings Inc.; and Optimal Infrastructure Development Inc. of San Miguel Corporation.
On June 12, 2014, Team Orion, the joint venture of Ayala Corporation and Aboitiz Equity Ventures, won the bid, placing a concession payment of ₱11.659 billion for the public-private partnership (PPP) project. Optimal Infrastructure was disqualified on grounds that its bid security fell short of the 180 days required by the government. Its bid envelope specified a financial bid of ₱20.105 billion.
After a brief hiatus, the government decided to rebid the project to ensure that the government gets the best deal. MPCALA Holdings, the consortium led by Metro Pacific Investments Corporation won by submitting a concession premium of PHP 27.3 Billion to be paid to the government. This is higher to San Miguel’s bid of PHP 22.2 Billion.
Groundbreaking of the project occurred in June 19, 2017, and right-or-way acquisition is continuing as of October 2017. According to a statement by MPCALA Holdings President Luigi Bautista, construction of the Cavite portion of the expressway is expected to begin on April 2018. The Department of Public Works and Highways, headed by Secretary Mark Villar, expects the Laguna segment to be finished by December 2018.
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