By the name itself, it seems like an illustrious gateway to a greater development in speeding up the growth of the economy. Cutting travel time from one place to the other is an absolute solution in increasing the number of business investors as goods and people can efficiently be transported, thereby creating work and jobs for the community and revenue for the government. And as prestigious as it sounds, it is also poised to solve the long standing flooding issues in nearby and along the localities since it will be built on top of the mega dike.
I am actually talking of the biggest project under the administration of President Benigno Aquino III that was mentioned in his latest edition of State of the Nation Address (SONA). It is a massive project as it involves not only a 47-kilometer long six-lane expressway dike but also bridges, pumping stations and flood gates. This mega project is expected to facilitate traffic flow and ease traffic congestion and will also be used as a flood control system to protect the shore land along Laguna de Bay, according to project authorities.
The proposed route of Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike starts from Bicutan, Taguig and ends up at Los Banos, Laguna. It will be implemented through a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) under the Build-Operate-Transfer scheme. DPWH will bid out the Laguna Dike project before the end of 2014 then construction is expected to start later the following year and will be completed in 2021.
Now the question is, will it actually solve the real flooding issues? Or it will only contribute to a much bigger problem just like the 2005 levee failures in greater New Orleans that causes even more flooding and devastation. Since it is a massive 47-kilometer long dike, does the environmental impact have been fully addressed already? And how about the livelihood of the people along the shores of Laguna de Bay which will be displaced in the construction of the permanent structures?
Image from dpwh.gov.ph
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