In what is dubbed a ‘golden age in Philippine infrastructure’, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration wants to get the country’s roads, bridges, airports and other big ticket projects done within his term — a shot in the arm for Philippine infrastructure that has been left behind by its regional peers.
Using the newly launched website www.build.gov.ph, a transparency tool that people can access to check the status of these mega-projects, the public will be made aware of how the economic blueprint through the ambitious 64 BUILD! projects translate into realization.
Here are 15 of those projects that can jump-start the Philippines into a world-class economy: 1. BGC to Ortigas Road Link Project
Sta. Monica-Lawton Bridge involves the construction of a 4-lane bridge across Pasig River and a 4-lane viaduct structure traversing Lawton Avenue onwards the entrance of Bonifacio Global City and the ramp before Kalayaan Avenue in the City of Makati. The total length of the projects is 961.427 m.
2. UP-Miriam-Ateneo Viaduct
The UP-Miriam-Ateneo viaduct aims to reduce the travel time at Katipunan and CP Garcia.
3. Iloilo-Guimaras-Negros-Cebu Link Bridge
When completed, you can find it easier to travel to Iloilo, Guimaras, Negros and Cebu via a bus or car.
4. Davao City Bypass Construction Project
Travel to Digos, Davao del Sur through Panabo, Davao del Norte will only be only 45 minutes instead of the usual 2 hours.
5. NLEX-SLEX Connector Road
The project involves the construction and operation and maintenance of a 8 km. 4-lane elevated expressway over the Philippine National Railway right of way. It starts from C3 Road in Caloocan through Manila crossing Espana towards PUP, Sta. Mesa connecting Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 (MMSS3). Once completed, the NLEX-SLEX Connector road is expected to decongest traffic in Metro Manila by providing an alternative to C-5 Road, EDSA, and other major thoroughfares, and cut the travel time between NLEX and SLEX to 15-20 minutes which today takes more than an hour.
6. Manila-Clark Railway
Guaranteed ONE HOUR from Metro Manila to Clark International Airport 7. Metro Manila Bus rapid Train system
The Metro Manila Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) – Line 1 Project spans 12.3 kilometers from Quezon Memorial Circle (QMC) to Manila City Hall via Elliptical Road, Quezon Avenue, and Espana Boulevard. It is expected to serve 291,500 passengers daily in its first year of operations.
The EDSA BRT Line 2 is a proposal to establish and implement a 48.6-kilometer high-quality bus-based mass transportation system and a corresponding pedestrian and bicycle greenway network. The system consists of four corridors; namely, a main corridor along EDSA, and spur corridors along Ayala Ave. to World Trade Center, Ortigas to Bonifacio Global City, and NAIA terminals.
8. Mindanao Railway
A 105 kilometer segment of the larger 830 kilometer Mindanao Railway network. The Mindanao Railway will connect major cities, seaports, economic zones, allowing for faster transportation of passengers and freight. The Tagum-Davao-Digos segment alone is expected to serve over 100,000 passengers daily in its opening year.
9. Regional Airport Development
This list includes Bacolod Airport, Davao Airport, Iloilo Airport, Laguindingan Airport, Bohol Airport, and Puerto Princesa Airport.
The project involves construction of new airports in Bohol and Palawan, and the expansion, development and upgrade of the other airports mentioned.
10. RORO Ports Development
Also called Central Spine RORO Alignment Project (CSR), the project aims tp align road and sea linkages through the Roll-on Roll-off system from Batangas Port, Batangas City to Cagayan de Oro. These include RORO ports in Manila, Batangas, Oriental Mindoro, Naga, Aklan, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Cebu, Bohol, Zamboanga.
11. Clark International Airport , New Terminal Building
With a proposed capacity of 8 million passengers, the new terminal is expected to decongest Manila-based terminals and encourage Filipinos to use the airport as a viable alternative to the NAIA.
12. Clark Green City
Envisioned to be the country’s first smart, disaster-resilient and green metropolis, the Clark Green City is a 9,450-hectare master planned property within the Clark Special Economic Zone. At full development, Clark Green City will have some 1.12 million residents, 800,000 workers and contribute a gross output of approximately P1.57 trillion per year to the national economy.
13. BGC to NAIA Bus Rapid Transit System
One can arrive at the NAIA airport within 15 minutes from Fort Bonifacio. No traffic and no delay.
14. Subic Clark Cargo Railway Project
A connection from the Subic port and the Clark airport to reduce the number of cargo and delivery trucks traversing Metro Manila, and in effect, reducing cost of goods.
15. Mega Manila Subway Phase 1 from Quezon city to Taguig
A 25-kilometer underground mass transportation system connecting major business districts and government centers. It is expected to serve around 370,000 passengers per day in its opening year alone. The feasibility study is being conducted with the help of a grant from the Japan International Cooperation Agency.