Cavite is an invariably developing city. Mega developments are on its way and the people – not just the Caviteños – are anticipating all the good and beautiful that comes with these developments. Here are some of these.
1) LRT1 Cavite extension
A consortium between Ayala Corp. and Metro Pacific Investments Corporation brings the construction of LRT1 from Baclaran to Bacoor. The construction begins in June 2016. Once completed, the 11.7-kilometer Cavite extension will benefit more than 300,000 commuters mostly residing in southern Manila.
Eight new stations will be added, spanning across Pasay, Parañaque, Las Piñas and Cavite. The stations will be built near community facilities such as shops, schools, parks, and stadiums so that commuters who are in most need of a faster ride can take advantage of such.
2) Davao City and Bacoor City sister city agreement
In January 2016, the sister city agreement between the two cities was signed by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Bacoor City Mayor Strike Revilla. The goal of the agreement is fostering greater cooperation between them.
Sister city partnerships have several benefits. For example, there will be strategic exchanges that may lead to specific socio-economic developments such as waste management, water management, and improvement of social services. According to the Director of Sister Cities International, Adam Kaplan, these partnerships also lead to the promotion of engagement and mutual understanding on the regional level. As one city becomes more open to the opportunities that the other city can offer, more jobs will be created and the levels of productivity will increase.
3) General Trias cityhood
President Benigno Aquino III signed Republic Act 10675 into law last August 2015. The law converts General Trias, a municipality, into a city. This made General Trias, an agriculture-based locality, the seventh city in Cavite.
One of the main reasons is meeting the income generation requirement as stipulated in the Local Government Code. A municipality must be able to generate Php100 million locally in two consecutive years. General Trias has a total income of Php759 million in 2013. Now that it became a city, though, its Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) will increase. With its current revenue and the allotment, it means more local developments and services that the local residents – residents of Amaia Scapes General Trias included – will get to enjoy in the future.
4) CAVITEX and Manila North Harbor connector road
As proposed by MPIC Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, the connector road will link the Harbor to CAVITEX (Manila-Cavite Expressway) which will be also linked to CALAX (Cavite-Laguna Expressway).
If this project will push through, Cavite will become a gateway to other provinces. The scenario may also pave the way for further economic development in the province.
5) New NAIA in Sangley Point
Plans to replace the dilapidated NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) are ongoing. The government commissions Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to scout for feasible locations and JICA pinpointed Sangley Point in Cavite as a suitable location.
Although the new airport will not be operational in the next 20 years, once it is, this will put Cavite in everyone’s radar. Real estate developments and industries will also grow at a higher rate as well. The increase in passengers will not only benefit the local government of Cavite, but also the NCR and nearby provinces.