If you’ve traveled across Central Luzon, then it’s impossible to not be familiar with the Subic–Clark–Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX). After all, it’s the easiest way to traverse some of the key cities, communities, and infrastructures of Luzon island’s biggest region. 

However, though you may know a lot about SCTEX in terms of physical traits and its route, there are bound to be things that you don’t know, specifically when it comes to its origin, construction, and other bits of information often overlooked. 

But that’s why we’re here! We’ll be listing down some of the lesser-known facts about this amazing Philippine transportation structure. So, sit back and take it all in!

  • It’s turning 14 this April 2022.

  This coming April 28 will mark the 14th anniversary of SCTEX. 

  • It was created with a goal in mind. 

SCTEX was created to provide a more efficient and effective transport corridor between economic centers Subic Bay Freeport, Clark, and the Central Techno Park in Tarlac.

  • It was initiated by then-President Joseph Estrada. 

The plan for SCTEX was cemented during President Joseph Estrada’s administration. However, it was only in President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s time that its establishment officially started. 

  • It’s the longest continuous tollway in the Philippines. 

The SCTEX is considered the longest continuous tollway in the Philippines, which connects economic zones Subic, Clark, and Tarlac. Its total length is 93.77 kilometers.

  • It cost a total of ₱34.981 billion to construct. 

The construction of this expressway did not come cheap. It cost a total of ₱34.981 billion. Funding for the project was sourced through a loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

  • It had a dry run before full opening. 

Before officially opening up SCTEX, the government conducted trial runs for the expressway. On March 18, 2008, President Macapagal-Arroyo ordered a Holy Week dry run.

  • It was built by BCDA. 

The construction of the SCTEX was handled by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), a government-owned and controlled corporation tasked with steering national development. 

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