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SMC, Cavite gov’t proceed with P 27-B Cavite Batangas Expressway

SMC, Cavite gov’t proceed with P 27-B Cavite Batangas Expressway

By Miguel R. Camus, Inquirer Business

Billionaire Ramon Ang-led conglomerate San Miguel Corp. and the Cavite local government sealed a joint venture deal to build a P27-billion expressway linking Silang, Cavite, and Nasugbu, Batangas, that could be completed by 2026.

The conglomerate said in a stock exchange filing on Tuesday the parties signed the tollway concession agreement for the 27-kilometer Cavite Batangas Expressway (CBEx) on Feb. 7.

The road will pass through the municipalities of Silang, Amadeo, Tagaytay, Indang, Mendez and Alfonso in Cavite, and end near Nasugbu, Batangas.

“It will also improve connectivity between the National Capital Region and Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon, enhance the mobility of people and goods in the area, and mitigate road congestion in Calabarzon,” SMC said in the filing.

Cavite Gov. Juanito Victor “Jonvic” Remulla said in a text message that right-of-way clearing activities will begin by June this year as they aim to finish the tollroad in two and a half years.

He said an estimated 40,000 motorists per day will use the CBEx during its first three years of operations.

The project is distinct from the 50.4-km Cavite Tagaytay Batangas Expressway earlier proposed by the toll road arm of Manuel V. Pangilinan-led infrastructure giant Metro Pacific Investments Corp.


The unsolicited proposal, submitted by the Department of Public Works and Highways during the Duterte administration, has yet to receive the green light from the national government.

Remulla, however, noted the project would be rendered “superfluous” by the CBEx.

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“The economics wouldn’t add up. There’s only room for one road for that route,” he said.

SMC is one of the country’s biggest companies with assets spanning food, drinks, energy and infrastructure. Its toll road portfolio includes the South Luzon Expressway, Skyway States 1, 2 and 3, Southern Tagalog Arterial Road, Tarlac Pangasinan La Union Expressway, Naia Expressway and Alabang South Skyway Extension.

SMC earlier said consolidated net income fell 62 percent to P12.9 billion during the first nine months of 2022 while revenues jumped over 70 percent to P1.1 trillion.

PHOTO: The deal to build a new expressway linking to Silang and Nasugbu was signed recently by officials led by Cavite Gov. Juanito Victor Remulla (fourth from left) and San Miguel Corp. president Ramon Ang (fifth from left)