THE Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corp. (CCLEC), owner and operator of the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) project, mobilized its employees to Barangay Buot, Cebu City to plant guyabano seedlings on Aug. 10, 2019.
They were joined by the officers and members of Buot Livelihood Association Inc. (Bulai) and Cebu City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro)
CCLEC also partnered with Camp 4 Manipis Minglanilla To-ong Association (Cammita) for a reforestation program that involved the provision and planting of 66,561 indigenous forest and fruit trees in Barangay Manipis, Talisay City.
Cammita, which has 158 members, would ensure that the planted trees in the area are well maintained and protected until fully grown.
Cammita is an accredited people’s organization of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in ecological development and management of the Central Cebu Protected Landscape in the past 21 years in line with the government’s National Greening Program.
Bulai, also a people’s organization duly accredited by the DENR, was tapped by CCLEC as its partner for its employees’ tree-planting activity. Bulai members promised to guard and nurture the 500 guyabano seedlings planted in Buot until these will become fully grown trees.
“This is CCLEC’s way of contributing to the protection of the environment. We are also ecstatic with our reforestation program because aside from helping increase Cebu’s water supply, enhance biodiversity and mitigate climate change, it will also help provide livelihood for the people’s organization that we engaged for the project,” said CCLEC project manager Herbert C. Laboy, who led the employees in the activity.
CCLEX is an 8.5-kilometer toll bridge that will link the Municipality of Cordova in Mactan Island and Cebu City through the South Road Properties.
Construction of CCLEX, which is going to be the first expressway in Cebu, is in full swing and is expected to be completed by 2021.
CCLEC is a subsidiary company of Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC), the toll road arm of Metro Pacific Investments Corp., a publicly listed infrastructure holding company and a member of the MVP Group of Companies.
MPTC is the largest toll road concessionaire and operator in the Philippines.
Its expansion goals include establishing toll operations in the Visayas and other parts of the Philippines, and in neighboring countries like Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia.