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C-5 Southlink Expressway
Taguig-Merville, C5-SLEX aerial view (Parañaque; 09-04-2022).jpg
Aerial view of C-5 Southlink Expressway looking towards Taguig
Route information
Maintained by PEA Tollway Corporation[1] and Cavitex Infrastructure Corporation
Length7.708 km[2] (4.790 mi)
3.8 km (2.4 mi) currently operational as of August 2022
RestrictionsNo motorcycles below 400cc[5]
Major junctions
East end N11 (Circumferential Road 5) in Taguig
West end E3 (Manila–Cavite Expressway) in Parañaque
RegionsMetro Manila
Major citiesParañaque, Pasay, and Taguig
Highway system
  • Roads in the Philippines

The C-5 Southlink Expressway, signed as E2 of the Philippine expressway network,[3][4] is a 7.708-kilometer (4.790 mi) controlled-access toll expressway in Metro Manila connecting the Manila–Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX) to the Circumferential Road 5 (C-5) in Taguig. The project is being built at the cost of 15 billion,[6] and is a joint project of the Philippine Reclamation Authority, Toll Regulatory Board, and Cavitex Infrastructure Corporation, a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation. Currently operational between Taguig and near E. Rodriguez Avenue in Parañaque only, its remaining segment up to CAVITEX is currently under construction.

Route description

C-5 Southlink Expressway starts at Carlos P. Garcia Avenue (C-5) in Taguig near its interchange with South Luzon Expressway (SLEX). It then ascends as the existing flyover that crosses Skyway, the PNR Metro Commuter Line, SLEX and the at-grade expressway's service roads before descending along C-5 Extension, which serves as its frontage roads, in Pasay. It then continues its course south of Ninoy Aquino International Airport until it meets its current terminus at C-5 Road Extension in Parañaque, near a Shell station. Unlike most expressways in the Philippine expressway network, the maximum speed on its existing section is 60 kilometers per hour (37 mph).[7]

The expressway's section towards Manila–Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX) is currently under construction. It will continue its course south of the airport. It will then pass by Amvel City, where an interchange towards Sucat Road and a toll plaza will be located. It will end at a trumpet interchange with CAVITEX near the latter's Parañaque toll plaza.


In 1993, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) conducted a study on the proposed urban expressway system in Metro Manila. The master plan included the proposed Central Circumferential Expressway that would follow the old Circumferential Road 5 alignment from Navotas to Parañaque with the total length of about 45.8 kilometers (28.5 mi).[8]

The original south extension of Circumferential Road 5, called Manila–Cavite Toll Expressway Project (MCTEP), was later approved by the Senate and would have been made as a toll expressway. However, in 2010, the project was scrapped in favor of the toll-free C-5 Road Extension that was controversial for traversing several of then-Senator Manny Villar's properties in Parañaque and Las Piñas.[9][10] The toll expressway project was later revived as the C-5 Southlink Expressway project.

C-5 South Link Expressway Segments 3A-2 and 2 under construction in San Dionisio, Parañaque (April 2023)

The construction of the expressway started on May 8, 2016.[11][12] The expressway is being built in two phases, with the first phase that fills the gap between the C-5 main route and the C-5 Extension near Merville, Parañaque by constructing a 2.2-kilometer (1.4 mi) flyover over South Luzon Expressway and Skyway, and the second phase involving construction of the Merville–R-1 segments. Phase 1 or Section 3A-1 (C-5 to Merville) was opened to traffic on July 23, 2019.[13][14] The flyover's 1.6-kilometer (0.99 mi) extension called Segment 3A-2 (Merville to E. Rodriguez) opened on August 14, 2022,[15][16] with the Merville Exit opening later in October 2022.[17] The entire project is expected to be completed in 2023.[18]


The expressway currently uses a barrier toll system wherein motorists pay a fixed toll rate upon exit. Integrated with the toll system of CAVITEX, the electronic toll collection (ETC) system on the expressway is operated by Easytrip Services Corporation and collections are done on both dedicated lanes and mixed lanes at the toll barriers.

Tolls are assessed in each direction at each barrier, based on class. In accordance with the law, all toll rates include a 12% value-added tax.

Class Toll[18]
Class 1
(Cars, motorcycles, SUVs, Jeepneys)
Class 2
(Buses, light trucks)
Class 3
(Heavy trucks)


This entire route is located in Metro Manila. Exits will be numbered by kilometer posts, with Rizal Park in Manila designated as kilometer zero

TaguigTaguig N11 (Carlos P. Garcia Avenue)Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; eastern terminus
Taguig Toll Plaza (eastbound only)
PasaySLEX AH 26 (E2) (SLEX) – ManilaProposed eastbound exit and westbound entrance[2][19]
Merville Toll Plaza (westbound only)
C-5 Road ExtensionFormer western terminus (2019–2022)
MervilleC-5 Road ExtensionWestbound exit and closed eastbound entrance[6][17]
ParañaqueC-5 Road ExtensionWestbound exit and eastbound entrance; current western terminus
Parañaque (Sucat) N195 (Ninoy Aquino Avenue) / N63 (Sucat Road)Partial cloverleaf or folded diamond interchange with toll plaza on Southlink.[2][6][17]
CAVITEX E3 (CAVITEX) – Kawit, ManilaFuture western terminus; trumpet interchange[2][6]
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


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  2. ^ a b "Road and Bridge Inventory". Department of Public Works and Highways. Retrieved January 31, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "NCR". Department of Public Works and Highways. Retrieved January 31, 2021.
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  6. ^ Laurel, Drei (February 23, 2021). "Look: There's now a 60kph speed limit along the C5 Link Flyover". TopGear Philippines.
  7. ^ Katahira & Engineers International (October 29, 1993). "Metro Manila Urban Expressway System Study" (PDF). Japan International Cooperation Agency. Retrieved April 6, 2023.
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  9. ^ "Monsod: C-5 road extension unnecessary, wasteful". ABS-CBN News. February 1, 2021.
  10. ^ "Groundbreaking Ceremony of the CAVITEX C5 South Link Project". Bgy. San Dionisio, Parañaque City. May 6, 2016.
  11. ^ "Section of CAVITEX- C5 Southlink opens". ABS-CBN News. July 23, 2019. Retrieved June 7, 2020.
  12. ^ "Taguig-Parañaque section of C5 South Link Expressway opens to motorists July 23". GMA News. July 23, 2019. Retrieved August 18, 2019.
  13. ^ Cordero, Ted (July 7, 2022). "CAVITEX C5 Link Flyover extension to open on July 16, 2022". GMA News. Retrieved July 7, 2022.
  14. ^ "Cavitex C5 link flyover extension now operational, new toll rates effective September". CNN Philippines. August 14, 2022. Retrieved August 18, 2022.
  15. ^ a b c "CAVITEX C5 Link Merville exit ramp now open". PhilKotse.com. October 25, 2022. Retrieved November 1, 2022.
  16. ^ a b "CAVITEX C5 link toll rate hike takes effect Nov. 27". GMA Integrated News. November 26, 2022. Retrieved November 28, 2022.
  17. ^ Dumlao-Abadilla, Doris (June 26, 2015). "MPIC unit set to start work on P9-B tollroad". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved December 28, 2021.