Whether you’re thinking of moving or starting a business in Cavite, perhaps you’re wondering what would seal the deal and make your decision a good choice. There are tons of reasons why staying in Cavite is worth it, among which are said to include a lower cost of living than staying in Metro Manila, amazing relaxation or recreation spots, and real estate prices (plus a good range of model houses to look at). However, this goes beyond as the national government and the local government of Cavite are focusing on more infrastructure development projects.
So, what does the future hold for Caviteños? Here are some of the future infrastructure Cavite plans and projects to look forward to:
But, first, what are infrastructures?
By definition, infrastructures are systems and physical structures of a country, region, or organization that are essential for these to function. Some examples include public roads and highways, buildings, transportation systems, energy source infrastructures (ex. Power grids and wind turbines), and others. In the Philippines, some of our most popular infrastructure projects include the NAIA international airport, the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), and the Angat Dam.
More than allowing a good standard of living, infrastructures help further the economic development of a country. Creating quality infrastructures makes trade and investments possible, more job opportunities are made, and productivity is improved. On a smaller scale, for example, with the creation of accessible public roads, Filipino small business owners can easily travel and conduct business processes, like buying and selling goods.
If you think about it, there are several infrastructures in the country. Cavite alone already boasts of various existing infrastructures and has more yet to come. Let’s look at a couple of these upcoming projects:
Sangley Point International Airport (SPIA)
First off the list is an upcoming international airport in Sangley Point, a former US naval base. The new alliance between the local government of Cavite and the SPIA Development Consortium – made up of the Yuchengco Group of Companies, Lucio Tan’s MacroAsia Corporation, and Luis Virata’s Cavitex Holdings, along with foreign companies like South Korea’s Samsung Corporation, Germany’s Munich Airport International GmbH, and London’s Arup group – aims to create a “competitive global aviation hub” in the province.
After attempts a few development attempts, in 2021, an unsolicited proposal of $10.9 billion was created and was said to involve the following phases:
- Phase 1 – Around $2.3 billion shall involve the development of a runway and terminal building that can handle around 15 million passengers annually.
- Phase 2 – About $2 billion shall be used to expand the airport’s capacity to 25 million passengers annually.
- Phase 3 – About $6.6 billion shall be used to construct a 2nd runway and expand the airport to handle 75 million passengers annually.
How will this benefit the residents in Cavite and the rest of the Philippines? For one, its primary goal is to address the congestion of travelers in the NAIA. With its vision to become a fully-modernized, world-class airport that can handle the challenges of the country’s aviation industry for the years to come, according to the SPIA website, the airport “will have a significant development impact and key role in supporting the country’s future economic growth.”
Cavite-Tagaytay-Batangas Expressway (CBTEX)
Next, is an infrastructure that can help cut travel time for those going to and from Cavite and Batangas. The Cavite-Tagaytay-Batangas Expressway is an approximately 50.43 km tollway that will extend to different rural areas in Cavite and Nasugbu, Batangas. It will also have interchanges in Silang, Pook, Aguinaldo, Amadeo, Mendez, Alfonso, Magallanes (all of which are in Cavite), and Nasugbu.
While the project is still undergoing coordination with the proponent, it is aimed to address traffic congestion problems and cut travel time, especially for those traveling to Tagaytay through the Sta. Rosa – Tagaytay Road (hopefully, allowing you and everyone else to say goodbye to more than two hours of waiting time inside cars). It also aims to connect parts of Metro Manila to Cavite and Batangas while making other parts of Cavite more accessible through the interchanges, providing linkage between Metro Manila, Cavite, and Batangas.
With these infrastructures, investors or business owners would be more interested in the already fast-developing business hubs in Cavite, impacting the province’s economy. Maybe this could even interest you to put up your own business or buy a property yourself!
Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge
Another road infrastructure to look forward to is the Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge. Developed with funding from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the construction of the 32.1-kilometer bridge will connect the Bataan to Cavite, cutting travel time from five hours to around 40 minutes and reducing traffic congestion on the North Luzon Expressway. The project is also said to improve the country’s long-term economic growth.
Besides the shortened travel time, once the project is completed, you might even find yourself taking a leisure drive as you appreciate the scenery as you pass over Manila Bay, not to mention the breathtaking tourist spots in both Cavite and Bataan that can make your trip more enjoyable.
LRT-1 Cavite Extension
Finally, there’s a transportation development project involving the country’s Light Rail Transit (LRT) System. From the existing Baclaran Station, LRT-1 will be extended to a future in Bacoor, Cavite. As a result, going to and from the metro and the province will only take around 25 minutes instead of the usual 1 hour (or more). It’s a more convenient transportation mode for those living outside Metro Manila and working in the business district or vice versa, which could also affect employees’ productivity as this could help avoid tedious and stressful travel conditions. Of course, it also makes traveling easier for residents in Cavite that want or need to spend time in Metro Manila.
And that’s it for the list of top upcoming infrastructure projects in Cavite. Hopefully, if you’re looking forward to these developments, this can help you decide whether you want to invest in a new business in the province or purchase real estate (or simply just expect to travel there soon).