Philippines

5 year infrastructure spending plan announced


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Department of Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas has announced a
P565-billion (about £8.36 billion), five-year infrastructure plan with pledges of better project management and the involvement of multilateral agencies and private companies.

The press release, published on the government website states that the projects will include:

“11.7 km LRT 1 Baclaran to Cavite and the LRT 2 Santolan, Pasig to Masinag, Antipolo extension rail projects; the re-configured North Rail project; the establishment of international airports in Puerto Princesa, Laguindigan, Misamis Oriental and Panglao, Bohol; the development of ports in Davao, and the roll-on, roll-off (RORO) projects linking China with either the Subic and Batangas ports.”

Mar Roxas went on to say that there would be greater enforcement of ships captains and bus drivers and that he wanted to see a younger fleet of taxes, buses, and jeepneys.

President Benigno Aquino III appointed Mar Roxas to the role on 7th June and he took up office on 4th July.

Roxas has also said that there will be further projects in the future including “several “greenfield” projects are being planned such as the proposed Cebu Bus Rapid Transit. Under a study completed in June 2010, the 15-km BRT line from Bulacao from the South West to Talamban in North East of the City will have 22 stations and three terminals.”

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