DPWH Opens a Section of the Tagaytay Bypass Road

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) recently opened the Maitim and Kaybagal section of the Tagaytay Bypass Road, as reported by Manila Bulletin. The 1.54-kilometer road has a designated bike lane, increasing the safety of cyclists frequenting the area.

The entire stretch of the Tagaytay Bypass Road extends 8.59 kilometers, passing the barangays Luksuhin, Sikat, Zambal, Guinhawa, Patutong Malaki, Balagbag, Salaban, Kaybagal, and Maitim.

Civil works are ongoing in other sections of the road, including the road opening and concreting at the 746-meter Balagbag section and at the 580-meter Patuto Section 3. 

In Salaban, the DPWH is implementing road opening on the 1.32-kilometer highway. Meanwhile, road concreting is in full swing at the 590-meter Guinhawa Section.

The other segments of the bypass road will have dedicated bike lanes, in accordance with the DPWH Order 88 series of 2020, requiring future national road and bridge projects to provide bicycle facilities.

Once completed, the Tagaytay Bypass Road will cut travel time from Alfonso to Tagaytay City from almost an hour to only 20 minutes.

So far, the DPWH has released P466.24 million for the infrastructure project.

Influx of Tourists

With its economy heavily dependent on the tourism industry, Tagaytay has reopened its borders to local travelers in September as it eased quarantine measures. The city government urged tourists to observe health and safety protocols, including physical distancing and wearing face masks, according to MSN, citing a GMA News report.

Initially, travel passes were necessary to gain entry to Tagaytay, as part of the directive from the Joint Task Force COVID Shield. Later, Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla clarified that visitors wouldn’t need to present travel passes, the Philippine News Agency (PNA) reported.

For their part, the local government had set up checkpoints at entrances. Issuing a set of guidelines for tourism establishments, they required businesses to adhere to health standards in the protection of workers and guests. Hotels, for instance, were running with 50 percent capacity, and had to secure accreditation from the Department of Tourism (DOT).

According to GMA News, the tourism activities in Tagaytay picked up after the age restrictions amid the community quarantine measures were lifted. Older folks aged 60 years old visited the tourist destination with their families, along with teens around the age of 15 on their bicycles.

In the month of Tagaytay’s reopening, all tourist spots and about 80 percent of restaurants resumed operations, as mentioned in this ABS-CBN News report. Among the popular destinations open were Picnic Grove, People’s Park, and Sky Ranch.

A Region Poised for Growth

The tourism scene in Tagaytay and Cavite region, at large, is expected to become more vibrant in the next months and years as more infrastructures rise in the area. 

Recently, the DPWH has announced that they are preparing the detailed engineering design for the proposed 32-kilometer Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge, the Manila Bulletin reported.

The four-lane bridge extends from Barangay Alas-asin in Mariveles, Bataan up until Barangay Timalan in Naic, Cavite, crossing Manila Bay. Linking two regions, the Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog, the bridge is set to be the largest and longest in the country, cutting travel time from five hours to merely half an hour.

Meanwhile, the construction of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) resumed in June after a period of work stoppage because of the pandemic, according to Manila Standard.

The Laguna segment opened two months after, Manila Bulletin reported. Once finished, the expressway will link the Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX) in Kawit City, Cavite to the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) at Greenfield-Mampalasan Interchange in Biñan, Laguna, reducing travel time between the two locations by about 45 minutes. It will contribute to Cavite becoming more accessible.

Aside from the tourism industry, the real estate sector is set to benefit from the infrastructures that will soon occupy the region. 

In the latest trend report from Lamudi titled Provincial cities and overseas interest contribute to real estate resilience, a few municipalities in Cavite have been garnering attention from property seekers. 

General Trias, for one, has registered one of the highest increases (30.45 percent) in terms of inquiries on the real estate platform, comparing the first half of 2019 and the first half of 2020. Imus, meanwhile, has seen a 13.92 percent increase.

Sources: Manila Bulletin, MSN, PNA, GMA News, ABS-CBN News, Manila Standard

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