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Philippines set for infrastructure bonanza

22 Nov 13 The National Economic & Development Authority in the Philippines has approved seven infrastructure projects with a combined value of PhP184.2bn (£2.6bn).

The work includes three rail projects, an airport project, a transport terminal, a health facility and a water supply scheme. Six of the seven will be implemented through public-private partnerships (PPP). 

Socioeconomic planning secretary Arsenio Balisacan said: “The rail projects will connect the train systems and make it convenient for passengers to transfer from one train to another. This will also help reduce passengers’ travel time. The Mactan-Cebu International project will enhance the operational efficiency of the airport and will also provide convenience for airport passengers.” He added that the transport terminal project will make various modes of transportation accessible to people coming from nearby provinces to commute to and from Metro Manila. The water supply project will address a supply gap and environmental problems including subsidence and salt water intrusion.

The largest project is the LRT Line 1 south extension (total cost PhP64.9bn) – an 11.7km line extension with 10 stations. The project will be implemented through a PPP. The private sector will undertake civil works and electro-mechanical works while the government will provide the rolling stock and depot with development assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

The second-largest scheme is the PhP62.7bn MRT 7 project, which involves the construction of a 22.8km rail system with 14 stations. The project will be implemented under an unsolicited ‘build-gradually transfer-operate and maintain’ arrangement between the Department of Transportation & Communication (DOTC) and Universal LRT Corporation Limited.

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