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CALAEx Laguna Blvd-Mamplasansection to openby December

The Laguna Boulevard to Mamplasan section of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAEx) can be opened by Decmeber, according to Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark A. Villar

"The original target id February but we're pushing for December, "Mr. Villar told reporters yesterday during a site inspection of the road project under a public private partnership scheme.

Luigi Bautista, president of MPCALA Holdings, Inc the private concessionaire for the project for a period of 35 years. also said that the original date for completion of that CALAEx sction was February but the government wants to Expedite construction.

The  P35.43-billion project involves the construction of a 44.6- kilometer four lane toll road between the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx)-Mamplasan interchange and the Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX)

The entire project is targeted for completion by 2020, but finished sections would be opened as they are accomplised.

The contractor is DMCI Construction.

Mr. Baustista said they will break ground on the Cavite Segment in April. The company signed a contract with Leighton a unit of Australian company CIMIC Group Ltd for this.

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