Be more aggressive in 2019: Gov't ramps up infra projects to unclog congested roads, ports

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Traffic congestion is a chronic disease of the country for a very long time now, a problem which the government have tried to cure many times, but failed.

In this country that not only the roads are clogged but also airports, railroads and even seaports, drastic interventions should be put in place – though it might take years to finally unclogged these.

Because of deep corruption, the Philippines has always been lacking when it comes to infrastructures – that includes mass transit system.

Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade said that his agency is ramping up the execution of projects under the “Build, Build, Build” (BBB) program of the Duterte administration to meet the strong demand in the air, water and land transport sub-sectors.

While the road network is being developed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)

Reportedly, under the midterm development plan, the Department of Transportation (DoTr) department is tasked to “exhaust all possible means to improve the operational efficiency of airports and to address constraints to optimal capacity utilization.”

In 2018, DoTr delivered the completion of Mactan-Cebu International Airport Terminal 2, the New Bohol Panglao International Airport and the expanded Puerto Princesa International Airport.

Meanwhile, building the second terminal in Clark International Airport and the construction of the 11-year delayed Bicol International Airport has also started.

“Domestic airports in the provinces are also being given a face lift. At least four have been improved [San Vicente, Tacloban, Virac and Maasin]. Four more are undergoing rehabilitation, and five domestic airports are also programmed for improvements,” Tugade added.

Aside from these, development of four airports for – Laoag, Vigan, Cotabato and Tawi-Tawi, is also under way – following the signing of the memorandum of agreement with the Department of National Defense.

Tugade also said that DoTr has also started the initiatives for the implementation of the Mindanao Railway, the PNR Bicol, and the PNR Calamba, which are expected to open in 2012, hopefully, before the term of President Duterte ends.

There will also be the railway institute, a school that will educate the future train operators, drivers and employees based on the global railroad sector.

The DoTr chief said five big-ticket projects will start this year—the PNR Bicol, LRT Line 1 Extension, Subic-Clark Cargo Railway, MRT Rehabilitation Project and the Mindanao Railway Project -- indeed an aggressive stance to beat the congestion problem in the country.


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