CIC Implements 30-Day Toll Holiday on CAVITEX


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In a significant move to aid motorists amid rising fuel costs and inflation, Raul L. Ignacio, president and general manager of the Cavite Infrastructure Corporation (CIC), announced the full implementation of a 30-day toll holiday across all exits of the Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX). This decision aligns with the directive of the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB).

CIC’s decision follows consultations with its joint venture partners, the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA). This toll holiday also supports President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s recent directive announced during the inauguration of the CAVITEX C5 Link Segment 2.

“We welcome TRB’s policy and operational decision guided by the President’s directive, which considered all necessary implementation details and systems preparation,” Ignacio stated. “We commend TRB for their thorough deliberation in reaching this decision.”

The toll-free segments include exits in Kawit, Parañaque, the C5 Link segment (Merville and Taguig exits), and the newly inaugurated Segment 2 (Sucat Interchange). While the suspension of toll collections is expected to result in significant revenue losses, Ignacio emphasized the importance of supporting the decision for the benefit of motorists.

Despite initial criticisms of TRB for the delay in issuing the directive, Ignacio praised their careful approach. “There is no place for hasty decisions in major policies like this,” he remarked.

CIC, in partnership with PRA, develops, builds, and finances CAVITEX under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) agreement. Industry experts highlight the necessity of prior consultation among partners to maintain goodwill and ensure the success of infrastructure projects. They also stress the crucial role of regulators like TRB in safeguarding stakeholder interests and ensuring the long-term success of PPP schemes.


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