It is an undeniable fact that improving infrastructure and its support facilities will promote economic growth because of its effect in the efficient transport of goods and the people. So the more time you’ll have in taking care of your business and not spend it on the road travelling will surely provide more opportunities for the growth and developing new business. And when President Benigno Aquino III mentioned in his latest State of the Nation Address (SONA) the construction of the Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike, it opens a new day and hope for the people who live along the Laguna de Bay.
The Aquino administration envisioned that the said project aims to mitigate flooding along the coastal towns of Laguna de Bay and at the same time it is expected to ease traffic congestion in the nearby cities as it traverse from Taguig and passes though Muntinlupa and Calamba then ends up in Los Banos, Laguna. I guess it is now time to address the long standing issue of flooding in the area and authorities believe that the construction of the Laguna Dike will be the long term solution and will eventually put period to it as the residence have been suffering for quite a long time already.
The Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike project involves the construction of a 47-kilometer flood control dike and on top of which is a massive six-lane expressway from Taguig to Los Banos, Laguna with a series of bridges that connects them then pumping stations and floodgates will also be in place. That makes it the biggest and the flagship project of the Aquino administration which will be implemented through a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) under the Build-Operate-Transfer scheme. Authorities said that they are going to bid out the project before the end of 2014 and construction is expected to start late the following year and end in 2021.
And the same as with any other government projects, it doesn’t come by without any opposition especially to those living and will be displaced along the shoreline of Laguna de Bay. Many also believe that it is not the long term solution and will not solve the real flooding issues. I somehow, in one way agree that it may not be the long term solution but no one else do if we only rely on one single solution for these complex circumstances. But I also believe that the long stretch of the expressway will surely promote economic growth not only to the area but to the entire Philippine economy.
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