DPWH ready to pay Uneco P11M for land acquisition

DPWH ready to pay Uneco P11M for land acquisition

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The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is poised to deposit payment for a 450 meter lot in Cavite to complete the Silang (Aguinaldo) Interchange of the P35.7 billion Cavite-Laguna Expressway (Calax).

Public Works Public-Private Partnership (PPP) service director Alex G. Bote said the agency was “willing and able” to deposit the P11 million check with Uneco Land Corp. to a private company that owns the property so that the court can issue the title deed.

In accordance with Republic Act 10752, or the Road Right of Way Act, he said the P5 million had been deposited with the court first and they were prepared to settle the remaining P11 million.

Pursuant to Office of the Court Administrator (OCA) Circular 113-2019, the Regional Trial Court (RTC) should promptly issue a title deed within 7 business days of the deposit of the amount equal to the sum of 100 percent of the value of the property on the Based on the most recent relevant Bureau of Internal Revenue zone rating issued no more than 3 years prior to the filing of the eminent eminence complaint.

Uneco is questioning the purchase of the land and, according to Bote, is demanding “50 to 60 million pesos”. Initial estimates for the said property, he added, are only 16 million pesos.

“What we are asking is that we be given the ability to file and write the check that we have and restore the title deed. Once reinstated, it will be served on the sheriff,” Bote said.

However, he noted that if the court decides in favor of Uneco, it will follow the legal guideline.

“But our last estimate is only 16 million pesos. We can take this matter to court. It should be put under fair compensation. The government will still pay that if the court decides it really is 60 million pesos.”

Currently, the Interchange Silang (Aguinaldo) has a completion rate of 64.8 percent. About 450 meters of land is missing on a critical section of the expressway, preventing the company from opening another section of the Calax.

This fifth of the eight segments of the 45-kilometer expressway spans a 3.9-kilometer, 2×2 lane expressway from the Silang East Interchange to the Aguinaldo Highway in Cavite. When completed, this will serve more motorists, including Silang’s 298,000 residents, given the reduced traffic situation.

Due to right-of-way (ROW) emissions, MPCALA Holdings Inc. (MHI), the builder and operator of the Calax, has had to delay the opening of the segment to Q1 2023 instead of late December 2022.

“We still hope that we can finish. For example, we can settle the issue within the month definitely February or March 2023, Aguinaldo [Interchange] will be operational,” Bote noted.

To date, Calax’s segment of operations extends 14.24 kilometers with interchanges at Greenfield-Mamplasan, Laguna Technopark, Laguna Boulevard, Santa Rosa-Tagaytay and Silang East.

Other Calax interchanges, namely Open Canal, Governor’s Drive and Kawit, are scheduled to be completed by 2023. Upon completion of the entire DPWH and MHI public-private partnership project, it will be connected to the Manila-Cavite Expressway Kawit, Cavit.

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