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Congress pushes for construction of Quezon-Bicol Expressway (QuBEx)

Congress pushes for construction of Quezon-Bicol Expressway (QuBEx) image

Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Google Maps image | posted April 14, 2016 10:31

Quezon-Bicol Expressway Act approved by both House committees

As the northern part of Luzon becomes more accessible because of the construction and opening of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX), a lawmaker from the House of Representatives files a bill that will compel the government to construct a highway that will connect the National Capital Region to the southern part of Luzon.

House Bill No. 6475 or the proposed 'Quezon-Bicol Expressway Act' has been approved by the House Committee on Southern Tagalog Development and also the Committee on Appropriations, and has already endorsed it for plenary passage.

The bill shall mandate the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to spearhead the project to create the Quezon-Bicol Expressway (QuBEx), which will be financed, constructed, operated and maintained by a grantee, offeror, consortium or proponent operating under the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) Law.

This expressway shall connect the province of Quezon with the Bicol Region starting from Malicboy, Quezon and ends in Sorsogon.

"The promising tourist destinations located in the southern areas of Luzon have remained stagnant, untapped and under-appreciated due to difficulty in access. Along with the underdevelopment of these areas is the slow growth in terms of commerce," said Rep. Scott Davies S. Lanete from the 3rd District of Masbate.

Solons from Quezon Province and the Bicol Region believe that the creation of the QuBEx will help spur financial growth in the region by making it accessible to both commerce and tourism.

"By constructing additional expressways that would make areas, as far as Sorsogon Province, more accessible by road, only one result will be achieved which is progress. It is envisioned that there will be an improvement in the tourism industry which will translate to a developed and progressive citizenry," added Lanete.