Infrastructure projects in Rizal to boost business opportunities

The province of Rizal is popular among people who live in the north of Manila due to its proximity to the Metro. According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, Rizal currently has a population of 3,330,143. Today, Rizal is celebrated as a provincial hub for tourism and commerce. 

Structures of remarkable architecture and design, such as the Great Wall of China, the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, are appreciated worldwide. They frequently become trademarks of a town, city, or country.

However, from a local standpoint, these structures — buildings, roads, and bridges — are more valuable to those who directly benefit from them. The following are the most anticipated (planned and finished) government initiatives in Rizal that will improve everyone’s life in or near the province.

LRT-2 East Extension Project – Marikina and Antipolo Station (completed)

LRT-2 East Extension Project Photo from Jacque Manabat
LRT-2 East Extension Project Photo from Jacque Manabat

The LRT-2 East Extension is part of the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” program, which aims to enhance people’s lives by reviving economies via infrastructure improvements. 

LRT-2’s East Extension started operations in July 2021, adding 4 kilometers to the existing 13.8-kilometer route and introducing Marikina and Antipolo stations. The extension project increased LRT-2’s daily capacity by 80,000 people and reduced traffic along Marcos Highway, particularly in Marikina, Pasig, Cainta, and Antipolo. This project would cut the travel time from Recto to Antipolo City to approximately 40 minutes.

Ortigas Avenue Extension (completed)

Ortigas Avenue Extension Photo from Topgear Philippines
Ortigas Avenue Extension Photo from Topgear Philippines

The Ortigas Avenue is a 15.5-kilometer (9.6-mile) route that connects Eastern Metro Manila to Western Rizal. It is one of Metro Manila’s busiest roadways, acting as the primary route of the Metro’s east-west corridor and mainly catering to traffic to and from Rizal.

Ortigas Avenue begins as a physical extension of Granada Street past Bonny Serrano Avenue at the San Juan-Quezon City border. It then passes through Greenhills, San Juan, and Mandaluyong, northeast of Wack Wack Golf and Country Club. It crosses EDSA at the EDSA-Ortigas Interchange on the Mandaluyong-Quezon City border and passes past Ortigas Center, making a minor turn on Meralco Avenue. 

The avenue quickly passes through Ugong before entering Pasig and crossing Circumferential Road 5 at the C5-Ortigas Interchange. It immediately passes the Marikina River and the Manggahan Floodway, becomes a single lane before reverting to a dual carriageway, and then enters the province of Rizal at Cainta, passing SM City East Ortigas (formerly Ever Gotesco Ortigas).

Marikina-Infanta Highway (completed)

Marikina-Infanta Highway Photo from Wikimapia
Marikina-Infanta Highway Photo from Wikimapia

The Marikina-Infanta Roadway, also known as the Marcos Highway, Marilaque Road, or Marikina-Infanta Road, is a picturesque mountain 117.5-kilometer (73.0 mi) highway connecting Metro Manila to Infanta, Quezon, in the Philippines. The route is informally known as the Marilaque Highway among motorists.

The Marikina-Infanta Highway begins at the intersection of Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City, at its border with Marikina, as a physical continuation of Aurora Boulevard. It runs through Marikina Valley and Antipolo, intersecting the Sumulong Highway at the Masinag Junction. Following Masinag, the route begins its journey to the Sierra Madre mountain range, going via Tanay, Santa Maria in Laguna, Real, and ultimately Infanta in Quezon. The road is well-known for the regular motorcycle racers who take joyrides on the twisting mountainous roads.

Laguna Lake Highway (completed)

Laguna Lake Highway Photo from Top Gear Philippines
Laguna Lake Highway Photo from Top Gear Philippines

The Laguna Lake Highway, formerly known as the Circumferential 6 (C-6) Road, is a network of roads and bridges comprising the sixth and outermost beltway of Metro Manila in the Philippines.

The route would connect Metro Manila to the provinces of Bulacan in the north, Rizal in the east, and Cavite in the south, traversing via Pasig, Taguig, and Muntinlupa.

C-6 Road is a four-lane road developed along the shore of Laguna de Bay in 2009. It is a two-lane road that stretches roughly 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) from M.L. Quezon Street at Lower Bicutan, Taguig, to the municipality of Taytay, Rizal. The road project was approved in 2002 as the Taguig Road Dike and was meant to stretch for 9.8 kilometers (6.1 mi) from the South Luzon Expressway towards Rizal. 

The route was extended to four lanes in February 2017 and renamed the Laguna Lake Highway by the Department of Public Works and Highways.

MRT-4 Taytay, Rizal Station (Planned)

The Metro Rail Transit Line 4, popularly known as MRT Line 4, is a mass rapid transit line approved for construction in Metro Manila and Rizal.

When completed, it will be Rizal’s second rapid transit line, following the extension of LRT Line 2 to Antipolo. It is expected to significantly reduce vehicular traffic along Ortigas Avenue and improve connectivity in the eastern parts of the metropolis, including nearby municipalities in southwestern Rizal.

The MRT 4 is a monorail system with 13 proposed stations that will traverse mostly along Ortigas Avenue from Taytay, Rizal, to N. San Juan’s Domingo Street, near the Gilmore Light Rail Transit 2 (LRT 2) station. 

The route would have a peak-hour capacity of 4,500 passengers and a journey duration of around 27 minutes, according to the Department of Transportation (DoTr). Although the project is already behind schedule (right-of-way acquisition was meant to start in the second quarter of this year), DoTr anticipates the line to be partially operating by 2025 and fully operational by 2028.

How to Take Advantage of these Infrastructure Projects

Camella celebrating 45 Years of Real Estate Developments
Camella at 45 Years

With all the ongoing and planned infrastructure improvements in the area, it’s no surprise that a house in a well-planned and well-designed neighborhood like Camella Meadows and Camella Sierra Metro East in Rizal is a sought-after property. The project is the first of its sort in Rizal, and it offers complete amenities, open areas, green spaces, and a wide range of house models.

For 45 years, Camella has given 500,000 homes to Filipino families around the Philippines. Camella has always been the trusted real estate brand in the Philippines. If you are looking for a house and lot near significant road networks mentioned in this article, you can always come home to Camella

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