Silang mayor to intervene in CALAX's right-of-way issues

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 28) — The local chief of Silang, Cavite is set to meet with private landowners to iron out right-of-way (ROW) issues involving a segment of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX).

Silang Mayor Kevin Anarna issued a statement over the weekend, urging the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and private landowners to address issues hounding the completion of the Silang (Aguinaldo) Interchange of the 45-kilometer expressway.

This came less than a week after CALAX operator MPCALA Holdings Inc. bared ROW issues that have been delaying the segment's opening, which Anarna noted was crucial to achieving the local government's target of cityhood status by 2025.

READ: Cavite section of CALAX suffers delays due to right-of-way woes

MPCALA Holdings Inc. President Raul Ignacio said the company eyes making the interchange operational by December. However, this is still "uncertain."

Anarna said the Silang local government is "very willing" to help MPCALA speed up the construction of the interchange.

"Right now, we are planning to set up a meeting with the owner of the land to discuss the right-of-way issues. Maybe, we can get a compromise agreement before the end of the year," the mayor said.

The undelivered ROW, owned by a private corporation, involves about 450 meters of land.

"Once the CALAX Silang (Aguinaldo) Interchange is completed, we can now start the construction of inner roads so that we will be accessible to local tourists and investors who want to invest in Silang," Anarna said.

Anarna added Silang is targeting to shell out ₱60 million for road repairs next year.