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The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has finished the slope protection initiative along Taguig River, keeping nearby communities safe from floods during typhoons, as the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) reported.
The agency implemented the project with bank improvement in several phases within six months. There were also subprojects along Taguig Bridge, M.L. Quezon Bridge, and Taguig River East and West Bank.
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar noted that the river tends to overflow during the rainy season, making the project crucial in protecting lives and properties. He said that the speedy completion reassures residents of their safety.
The P279.3 million project was funded under the 2018 and 2019 General Appropriations Act (GAA). It is part of a proposed linear park and roadway set to be an alternate route to decongest traffic in Taguig.
Booming Infrastructure Construction
Taguig City has seen several development projects since the Build, Build, Build program of the national government was launched. Here are some that have either been finished or with construction in full swing:
Bonifacio Global City-Ortigas link road
One of the most anticipated is the thoroughfare between two huge business zones in Metro Manila, Taguig and Pasig. The BGC-Ortigas link road is set to be completed in June this year. It extends over 961 meters, with one part connecting Sta. Monica, Pasig, and Lawton Avenue, and Makati. The other, a viaduct, will be running from Lawton Avenue to the entrance of BGC.
Late last year, the project was almost halfway across the Pasig River already. With the construction work right on schedule, authorities are confident that they will be able to hit the target completion date. Once finished, traveling to and from the business districts of Taguig and Pasig will only take 12 minutes.
Bambang ni Felix Road
This is a new access road project that would cut travel time between South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and Circumferential Road-6 (C6). Fast-tracking progress, the DPWH is now 70 percent complete in the project, which is set to be finished in March this year.
The P41-million segment, situated in Barangay Sta. Ana, is a two-lane 688-meter road. It will provide additional access going to C6 from Pateros, and will be connected to C5 road.
Cavitex-C5 link flyover
The 2.2-kilometer road opened in July last year. It has three lanes in each direction, spanning from C.P. Garcia in Taguig to Sucat in Parañaque City. The P1.6-billion project significantly reduces travel time between the two cities to a mere three minutes, according to GMA Network.
DPWH Secretary Villar called the project an “engineering solution for everyday problems,” as cited in Philstar. Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC) president and CEO Rodrigo Franco also commended the elaborate and accurate method of hoisting beams and setting them on overhead platforms to set up another project, which is the Harbor Link Segment 10.
C5 South link
The project mentioned above is part of the C5 South Link project, a road that stretches over 7.7 kilometers, connecting C5 road to Cavite Expressway via Taguig, Parañaque, Las Piñas, and Cavite. Expected to be completed in the last quarter of 2021, the project would serve 50,000 cars driving to southern cities in the metro and along east-west service roads.
Thriving Real Estate
With infrastructure popping up everywhere in Taguig, the real estate industry in the area is poised for growth. According to a Lamudi year-end review, the city is one of the most in-demand cities in 2019. It’s popular among different property seekers, including residents, investors, and entrepreneurs.
For instance, in the aspect of commercial properties, Taguig emerges as the top location choice of businesses, along with Makati, as shown in this market overview report. With high-quality buildings, improved accessibility, and the presence of major ventures and brands, the city has the highest asking monthly rental rate among counterparts. The top market remains to be information technology-business processing management companies (IT-BPM). Flexible space operators also showed a strong appetite for commercial spaces in the city last year.
In terms of residential properties, Taguig was among the top cities that supplied several units in 2019. Condominium spaces are the most popular property type, given the vertical living culture prominent in the locale. With the increasing demand for commercial properties, professionals seizing employment opportunities are the top market of residential offerings in Taguig.
Sources: PIA, DPWH, GMA Network, Philstar