The Philippine’s Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Ayala, a holding company, have signed a 30-year concession agreement for construction, operation and maintenance of the four kilometres Daang Hari-South Luzon Expressway (Daang Hari-SLex) link road.

The company won the project in December 2011 in open, transparent and competitive bidding, auctioned by the administration under a public-private partnership framework.

The link road will provide an access to the areas of Cavite and Laguna, as well as ease traffic congestion along the Alabang-Zapote Road and on Commerce Avenue.

It will also provide additional access between Metro Manila and Cavite, connecting the towns of Imus, Dasmariñas and Bacoor with the SLEx, near the Susana Heights Interchange.

Through the project the DPWH intends to provide a high-standard highway within a 200-km radius of Metro Manila.

Ayala has partnered with Getinsa Ingenieria, a Spanish engineering company for the Daang Hari-SLex project. Civil work is expected to start around the middle of this year and be fully operational before the end of 2013.

The company is also expected to win the NAIA Expressway Phase 2 Project and the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx)-South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) Connector Project in the country.