If you reside in the Metro, you probably call Central Luzon the north and Southern Luzon the south. For years, it has been a joke that dating from the opposite ends of Luzon will only lead to a breakup due to the distance between the two regions.
The good news is that this joke might soon be over because there are infrastructure projects that are either completed, proposed, or currently under construction. These projects will connect their respective regions in the metropolis. Here are some infrastructure projects that will boost Central and Southern Luzon.
North-South Commuter Rail (NSCR) Project
The North-South Commuter Rail Project is perhaps one of the most significant infrastructure projects of the previous administration. The NSCR Project aims to create a 147-kilometer commuter railway that connects the provinces of Clark, Pampanga, to Calamba, Laguna. This project will integrate into future railway lines such as the Manila Subway System.
This project will guarantee adequate public mass transportation that will not just decongest traffic but also create employment and business opportunities. And when it comes to sustainability, the NSCR Project can decrease the number of cars that are driving on major roads.
Infrastructure projects in Central Luzon
Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEX)
The Central Luzon Link Expressway is a sub-operational freeway that connects the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway and the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway to the North Luzon East Expressway. According to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the CLLEX is about 96% complete in July.
According to President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the CCLEX will support his vision of improving the country’s agricultural economy because a standard toll-free highway such as the CCLEX will provide the reach of crops and other agricultural products from Central Luzon to Metro Manila at a faster and cheaper rate.
New Manila International Airport
One of the most significant infrastructure projects in North Luzon under the Build Build Build project is the New Manila International Airport, also known as the Bulacan International Airport, located in Bulakan, Bulacan. This project is proposed to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
The proposed airport will be built on a 2,500-hectare coastal property and cost around ₱735.634 billion. Aside from business opportunities, the said airport is set to have world-class amenities that include a seaport, government center, residential areas, and a modern interconnected roadway system.
Subic-Clark Cargo Railway Project
The Subic-Clark Cargo Railway Project is a proposed 71-kilometer railway that will connect the NSCR, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, and Clark Freeport Zone. This project is made to improve the efficiency of logistics in Central Luzon. The Subic-Clark Cargo Railway Project is said to be completed in 2024.
The linking between two of the biggest economic zones in Central Luzon will help decongest traffic in Manila. Once finished, the railway project is expected to attract more investors and boost the Philippine economy. Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) is the company that will manage the project.
Infrastructure projects in Southern Luzon
Cavite-Tagaytay-Batangas Expressway (CTBEX)
The CTBEX is an expressway connecting to the Cavite-Laguna Expressway, which makes the travel to and from Metro Manila in just about an hour or less. On the other hand, this new expressway will cut the travel time from Governor’s Drive to Nasugbu, Batangas, to only 40 minutes.
This 50-kilometer expressway will connect the municipality of Silang, Cavite, to the municipality of Nasugbu, Batangas. The project that cost ₱25.2 billion has three sections. The first section goes from Silang to Tagaytay. The second section goes from Mendez to Magallanes, Cavite. And the third section goes from Magallanes to Nasugbu.
Sangley International Airport
Southern Luzon will soon have a new airport just like the central Luzon region. The Sangley International Airport is a proposed airport in Cavite that will have a capacity of as many as 25 million passengers annually once finished. This airport will be located at Sangley Point, Cavite City.
The Sangley Point Airport has been operational as a domestic airport. However, the previous administration planned to upgrade this airport to cater to international flights. There will be a P2P shuttle service or a ferry from SM Mall of Asia. The first phase of the project is set to be completed by 2028.
Bataan-Cavite interlink bridge
The average travel time from Cavite to Bataan is around five to seven hours. However, this can change with the Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge. This proposed bridge will be the longest in the Philippines and will make the travel time from Bataan to Cavite just 30 to 40 minutes.
According to DPWH Secretary Manuel Bonoan, the department is looking to complete the Detailed Engineering Design of the project by the first quarter of next year. The alignment of the bridge will start at Brgy. Timalan Balsahan in Naic, Cavite and will end at Brgy. Mountain View in Mariveles, Bataan.
How to benefit from these upcoming infrastructure projects
These projects were proposed during the Duterte administration, and we would all likely see the completion of these projects in the Marcos administration. These upcoming projects give investors the advantages through owning real estate where these projects will be connected.
Real estate is one of the best investments you can have in these areas. With real estate, you can have a passive flow of income once someone rents your property. Real estate properties also appreciate over time. And if you do not want a real estate property for its monetary value, you can have it and live in the provinces where these projects will be constructed.
One of the best choices when investing in real estate is investing in a top real estate developer with credible experience. If you are looking for a house and lot in Central or Southern Luzon, there are Camella projects that suit your lifestyle, budget, and goals. All Camella projects have amenities, CCTV security, and access to these upcoming infrastructure projects.
One day, traveling from north to south will be much easier, but you can make it better by investing in Camella today!
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