The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) had an overview of the activity plans and methodologies for the proposed construction of a new expressway that will connect the southern province of Laguna to Metro Manila via Laguna Lake.
In his report to DPWH Secretary Roger G. Mercado, Undersecretary and Build Build Build Chief Implementer Emil K. Sadain said that the kick off meeting held Tuesday, March 1, 2022 with the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) and Consultants undertaking detailed engineering design (D.E.D.) activities provided the avenue for discussion in moving forward the technical, economical, social, and environmental aspects in the development of the Laguna Lakeshore Road Network (LLRN) Project.
The LLRN Project–Phase 1 covering Laguna Lake’s western side covers the construction of a 37.6 kilometers mainline road, 6.1 kilometers local connecting roads, and 7.3 kilometers interchanges and slip roads that stretches from Lower Bicutan all the way to Calamba City in Laguna.
The project, consists of viaduct and embankment, will have eight (8) interchanges, namely: Sucat, Alabang, Tunasan, San Pedro/Biñan, Santa Rosa, Cabuyao, and Calamba.
The meeting highlights the plans and strategies on how the government can smoothly implement this flagship infrastructure project under build build build program that will strengthen road transport efficiency between Metro Manila and the neighboring province of Laguna to facilitate economic development, added Undersecretary Sadain.
The kick-off meeting in Alabang, Muntinlupa City was participated by LLDA General Manager Jaime C. Medina and Assistant General Manager Generoso M. Dungo; DPWH Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Roads Management Cluster 2 Project Director Sharif Madsmo H. Hasim; Bureau of Design OIC Director Edwin Matanguihan; Project Manager Soledad Florencio, Overall DPWH Project Manager for Asian Devlopment Bank (ADB)-funded Projects, Project Manager Zenaida B. Mauhay, LLRN Project Team Leader; Project Manager Sol Abasa; and other LLDA and DPWH LLRN team members.
With the Consultant’s Service Contract for the D.E.D. signed on November 2021 by Secretary Mercado, the team from CTI Engineering International Co. Ltd. in joint venture with Chodai Company Limited, Oriental Consultants Global Company Limited, and Nippon Engineering Consultants Company Limited, in association with Angel Lazaro & Associates International, DCCD Enginering Corporation, TCGI Engineers and KRC Environmental Services which started their activities on December 2021 provided informative updates during the meeting.
According to Undersecretary Sadain, discussion with the stakeholders on vital issues and concerns at this early stage will prevent challenges that may arise in the future implementation of the project.
The D.E.D. will be carried out for 15 months between December 2021 to February 2023 with generous technical and financial support from the ADB via the Infrastructure Preparation and Innovation Facility (IPIF) under loan number 3886-PHI.
Upon strong representation of DPWH-UPMO Operations headed by Undersecretary Sadain, LLRN Project was approved by the NEDA Board through an Ad Referendum in October 2021.
Meanwhile, Japanese experts representing LLRN Phase 2 at the eastern side under feasibility study stage also joined the meeting via video teleconference platform.
LLRN Phases 1 and 2 will form the outer ring high standard highway for the Laguna de Bay that will provide a faster and safer alternative for motorists traveling north or south.