Cabinet secretaries outline infrastructure projects under the Build! Build! Build! program during the DuterteNomics Forum at Conrad Manila in Pasay City yesterday. Photo shows (from left) presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella, Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, NEDA chief Ernesto Pernia and DPWH Secretary Mark Villar. KRIZJOHN ROSALES
MANILA, Philippines - The administration unveiled yesterday a three-year rolling infrastructure program (TRIP) amounting to P3.6 trillion from 2018 to 2020 to usher in what is touted as the golden age of infrastructure.
In a presentation made during the “Dutertenomics” forum held in Pasay City, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said the indicative total investment requirement for these projects would be proposed in the next meeting of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board, which is chaired by the President.
For 2018, funding of P1.13 trillion would be allocated for projects under TRIP; P1.18 trillion for 2019 and P1.29 trillion for 2020.
These cover infrastructure projects for transportation, water resources, sewerage and sanitation, flood management, solid waste management, maritime, social infrastructure, energy, information communications technology and others.
Pernia did not identify the number of projects covered by the three-year rolling program but said it would include some of the flagship projects of the Duterte administration.
Metro Pacific Investments Corp. chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan (right) is joined by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar and BCDA president and CEO Vivencio Dizon during an inspection of the North Luzon Expressway Harbor Link Segment 10 project in Caloocan City yesterday. MICHAEL VARCAS
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NLEX Harbor Link project
The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Harbor Link Segment 10 is expected to be completed by the end of the year, Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan announced yesterday.
Pangilinan inspected the work on the P10.5-billion elevated roadway project, which is 53 percent complete.
He was joined by the “Build, Build, Build” team of the Duterte administration, including Secretary Mark Villar of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade as well as Bases Conversion and Development Authority president Vince Dizon.
“Metro Pacific remains committed in supporting President Duterte’s infrastructure programs. The NLEX Harbor Link will boost the country’s cargo transport industry as trucks will have 24/7 direct access from Manila’s port area to northern and central Luzon provinces,” Pangilinan said.
Pangilinan asked the government to speed up delivery of 1.7 kilometers of right-of-way for Segment 10 to allow them to finish the project on time.
Segment 10, which is the second and last component of the NLEX Harbor Link, stretches from MacArthur Highway in Valenzuela City, C-3 Road in Caloocan up to Road 10 leading to Port Area in Manila.
Tugade and Villar instructed project contractor Manila North Tollways Corp. (MNTC) to work double time to finish the elevated roadway by the end of the year.
MNTC senior vice president Raul Ignacio expressed hope that the DPWH would deliver the right-of-way for Segment 10.
The MNTC said they were willing to hire additional personnel and equipment to hasten construction of the project.
Villar said the DPWH has allocated P2 billion for the acquisition of right-of-way.
The government has yet to deliver 35 percent of right-of-way in Karuhatan, Valenzuela and Caloocan City.
Once completed, Villar said travel time from Manila to NLEX would be reduced to just 10 minutes.
The NLEX Harbor Link is also expected to promote commerce between the harbor area and Central and North Luzon as well as help ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila through improved movement of cargo.
Mega Manila subway
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is hopeful that the contract for the country’s first subway system, the Mega Manila subway, would be signed by President Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this year.
“Hopefully, the agreement will be signed in November this year,” Tugade said during the Dutertenomics forum yesterday.
He said the P227-billion proposed subway would be funded by official development assistance and the General Appropriations Act.
“We have set a target that we should finalize it by the time Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives. It means that we should be finished with the feasibility study, the DED (detailed engineering design), the financial packages – everything,” he said.
The Mega Manila subway is a 25-kilometer underground mass transportation system connecting major business districts and government centers.
Phase 1 of the project would connect Quezon City, Mandaluyong, Pasig and Taguig.
Tugade said the project is targeted to begin in the fourth quarter of 2020 and be completed by 2024.
When completed, he said travel time from Quezon City to Taguig would only take 31 minutes.
It is expected to serve around 370,000 passengers per day in its opening year.
Aside from the subway, Tugade said the government is also looking at implementing other projects in the railway sector such as the Philippine National Railways North, PNR South, Mindanao Railway, as well as the Subic-Clark Cargo Railway.
Runway Manila launched
Meanwhile, the P1.5-billion Runway Manila pedestrian bridge that connects the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 to Newport City in Pasay was launched yesterday.
A project of the Alliance Global Group Inc., the construction of the 220-meter long pedestrian walkway was in coordination with the DPWH and DOTr.
Villar said Runway Manila is the country’s first pedestrian bridge that can accommodate up to 2,000 people. It is an enclosed, air-conditioned bridge with facilities such as a café, moving walkways and elevators to aid persons with disability.
Located along Andrews Avenue, the walkway was designed by architects Juan Seriña Jr. and Raymond Hernandez.
Alliance Global Group Inc. chairman Andrew Tan (right) is joined by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Public Works Secretary Mark Villar and Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno during the opening of the Runway Manila pedestrian bridge connecting NAIA Terminal 3 and Newport City in Pasay City yesterday. MIGUEL DE GUZMAN
The pedestrian bridge is expected to ease traffic congestion at the airport. – With Louella Desiderio, Ramon Efren Lazaro