Philippine Government Ushers ‘Golden Age of Infrastructure’

With a pipeline of 64 projects ranging from major road and railway networks, airport and seaport modernization and other major infrastructure projects, the Duterte administration is set to embark on a “golden age of infrastructure.”

These projects set for implementation involve 20 road construction and improvement projects, two bridge construction and reinforcements, four flood-control projects, two dams, one road-transport information-technology infrastructure project, 23 involving rail systems, seven airport-development projects, two transport terminals and three bus rapid-transit systems.

Besides its current projects, the DPWH is also set to either oversee or implement 10 infra projects in Metro Manila and Mindanao.

A total of 15 other projects are ongoing, including the second phase of Mandaluyong Main Drainage Project, Central Luzon Link Expressway, Phase 1, Tarlac-Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija; Integrated Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Measures in the Low Lying Areas of Pampanga Bay; Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (Binalonan-Rosario Section), Flood Risk Management Project in Cagayan de Oro River and the Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue-Paseo de Roxas/Makati Avenue Vehicle Underpass Project.

sm-lawton-bgcBesides its ongoing projects, the DPWH is also set to either oversee or implement 10 infra projects in Metro Manila and Mindanao.

  • Bonifacio Global City-Ortigas Center Link Road Project;
  • UP-Miriam-Ateneo Viaduct along C-5/ Katipunan;
  • Metro Manila Priority Bridges Seismic Improvement Project;
  • Guadalupe Bridge and Lambingan Bridge;
  • Widening/Improvement of Gen. Luis Street-Kaybiga-Polo-Novaliches;
  • Cavite-Laguna Expressway;
  • Nlex-Slex Connector Road;
  • Metro Manila Interchange Construction Project 6;
  • Davao City By-Pass Construction Project (South Section – Road and Center Section – Tunnel;
  • Panguil Bay Bridge; and
  • Phase 1 of the Metro Manila Flood Management Project.

Such projects are expected to boost growth and raise the country’s productivity and competitiveness, said Public Works Secretary Mark A. Villar.

The Department of Budget and Management projects the national government to raise the infrastructure budget from P552 billion to P1.470 trillion by 2022, or from 3.5 percent to 5.7 percent of the GDP. Within the same period, total budget for both national and local projects is expected to grow from P861 billion in 2017 to P1.832 trillion by 2022, increasing the percentage of GDP from 5.4 per cent to 7.1 per cent.

mindanao-railwayA total of six public–private partnership projects have been awarded by the Department of Transportation.

  • Integrated Transport System (ITS) Project: South Terminal;
  • ITS Project:
  • Southwest Terminal;
  • Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 1 Cavite Extension and Operations and Maintenance;
  • Contactless Automatic Fare Collection System;
  • Mactan Cebu International Airport Project; and
  • Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 7.

It is also either bidding out or about to bid 10 other PPP projects, according to Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade. They are:

  • Development, Operations and Maintenance of Bacolod-Silay, Davao, Iloilo, Laguindingan and New Bohol (Panglao) Airports;
  • LRT Line 2 Operations and Maintenance; Road Transport Information Technology Infrastructure (Phase 2);
  • LRT Line 6;
  • Philippine National Railways (PNR)-South Line (previously, the North-South Railway Project-South Line); and
  • Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) development.

Through the combination of ODA and PPP projects, the Department of Transportation is implementing a total of 23 rail projects, seen to significantly boost the country’s railway system from the current 77 kilometers to over 1,750 kilometers.

Ten ongoing railway projects include:

  • PNR North (Manila-Malolos);
  • PNR South Commuter PPP Project (Manila-Los Baños);
  • PNR South Long Haul PPP Project (Los Baños-Legaspi,Matnog,Batangas Port);
  • Line 1 Cavite Extension PPP Project (Baclaran-Niog);
  • Automated Fare Collection System PPP Project (Beep Card);
  • Line 2 O&M PPP Project;
  • Line 2 East Extension (Santolan-Masinag);
  • Line 2 West Extension (Recto-Pier 4);
  • Line 6 PPP Project (Niog-Dasmariñas);
  • Line 7 PPP Project (San Jose del Monte-North Edsa).

On top of this, 13 other rail projects are being developed by the Department of Transportation.

  • Mindanao Railway (Circumferential);
  • Cebu Railway (five lines);
  • Panay Railway;
  • Line 4 (Taytay-Manila) PPP Project;
  • Line 5 (Pasay-Makati-Taguig) PPP Project;
  • Line 8 (Quezon City-Manila) PPP Project;
  • PNR North Phase 2 (Malolos-Clark);
  • Mega Manila Subway Project and
  • Subic-Clark Railway.

On top of the extensive development of the country’s rail system, the Department of Transportation is also implementing at least three bus rapid transit systems, which aim to establish 77 kilometers of segregated bus lanes and improvement of pedestrian and bikeway facilities.

  • Cebu BRT
  • Quezon Avenue BRT
  • Central Corridor (Edsa) BRT

Several other BRT systems and corridors are also currently being studied by the DOTr.

Twelve other DPWH projects are in the pipeline:

  • Panay-Guimaras-Negros Link Project;
  • Edsa-Taft Flyover;
  • Central Luzon Link Expressway, Phase 2, Cabanatuan-San Jose, Nueva Ecija;
  • Flood Protection Works in the Marikina River, including Retarding Basin; and
  • Dalton Pass East Alignment Alternative Road Project.

Another big-ticket projects funded through PPPs are also either being proposed by the DPWH or already in the pipeline.

  • R-7 Expressway;
  • Manila Bay Integrated Flood Control
  • Coastal Defense and Expressway; and
  • Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike