By Genalyn Kabiling
President Duterte has approved 11 infrastructure projects mainly aimed at improving the country’s transportation network and water resource management.
The projects, with a combined cost of P305 billion, were approved during the National Economic and Development Authority meeting in Malacañang last Tuesday.
“All items submitted at yesterday’s (Tuesday) NEDA (National Economic and Development Authority ) board were approved by the Cabinet,” Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a statement.
The biggest project approved was the Malolos-Clark railway project or the Philippine National Railway North 2 worth P211.43 billion. The commuter line and express railway connecting Malolos and Clark Green City through Clark International Airport will be funded by official development assistance.
Other approved projects listed by NEDA in a press statement are:
- Mindanao Railway Project (MRP) Phase 1 Tagum-Davao-(P35.26 billion)
- Cavite Industrial Area Flood Risk Management Project (P9.89 billion)
- Clark International Airport (CIA) Expansion Project (P12.55 billion),
- Education Pathways to Peace in Conflict-Affected Areas of Mindanao (PATHWAYS) (P3.47 billion)
- Australia Awards and Alumni Engagement Program – Philippines (P1.19 billion)
- New Communications, Navigation and Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) Systems Development Project: 30-Month Loan Validity Extension and Reallocation of Funds (P10.87 billion)
- New Configuration of the LRT Line 1 North Extension Project – Common Station / Unified Grand Central Station (North Extension Project) (P2.8 billion)
- Change in Scope, Cost, and Financing Arrangements for the Arterial Road Bypass Project Phase II (P4.62 billion)
- Change in Financing of the New Centennial Water Source – Kaliwa Dam Project of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) (P10.86 billion)
- Project Approval and Change in Financing of Chico River Pump Irrigation Project of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) (P2.7 billion)
Abella said the approval for proposed Davao Sasa Port Modernization, however, was remanded to the Department of Transportation, the proponent agency, “as this was the recommended action for approval.”
He said the Malolos-Clark railway project, which was submitted for information, was approved “so that JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) funding can be obtained already.”
The Mindanao railway project, Clark airport terminal building, and the LRT 1 North extension project will be funded by government funds while the rest will be sourced from the official development assistance.
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