MANILA, Philippines – The proposed P458.61-billion budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will fund the country’s “most ambitious infrastructure program” in 2017, its chief told lawmakers on Tuesday, August 30.
The proposed 2017 appropriation for the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is P61 billion higher than this year’s P397.108 budget.
“The President has declared that infrastructure will be one of the main drivers in our country over the next few years….The infrastructure spending under the Duterte administration is the most ambitious infrastructure program in the history of our country,” DPWH Secretary Mark Villar told the House Committee on Appropriations on Tuesday.
Duterte had vowed to prioritize infrastructure spending in the proposed 2017 national budget. (READ: 2017 budget priorities: Infrastructure, agriculture, peace and order)
The proposed DPWH budget includes a P32.93-billion allotment for the Mindanao Logistics Infrastructure Network, the agency’s initiative to reduce logistics costs in Mindanao by improving linkage roads to key ports and other production areas.
In the works
In his presentation, Villar said the DPWH is planning to build and upgrade local access roads to tourism destinations, seaports, airports, and economic zones.
The plan includes agriculture-related infrastructure to improve access to production areas and water impounding projects for irrigation and flood management.
These include the following:
- Taal Lake Circumferential Road, San Nicolas-Sta Teresita, Alitagtag, Batangas
- Gurel-Bukod-Kabayan-Buguias Road (leading to Mt Pulag, Bulalacao Lakes, Kabayan Mummies), Bokod, Kabayan and Buguias, Benguet
- Cagaray Circumferential Road, Bacacay, Albay leading to Misibis Resort and white beaches in Albay
- Tatay-El Nido Road, Palawan
- Jct (Tagbilaran East Road, TER) Guindulman-Anda-Badiang Cogtong Road leading to beaches and resorts, Anda, Bohol
- Borongan, Llorente Closed Canopy Forest Area, Maydolong, Eastern Samar
- Island Garden City of Samal Circumferential Road, Davao del Norte
The DPWH wants to decongest traffic through the construction of the following infrastructure:
|High standard highways/expressways||Interchanges/flyovers/underpasses||By-passes/diversion roads|
Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway
NLEX Harbor Link, Segment 10
Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3
Plaridel By-Pass Road, Phase II
NLEX Harbor Link, Segment 8.2
Central Luzon Link Expressway – PHase I (Tarlac-Cabanatuan)
SLEX TR4, Sto Tomas-Lucena
C6 – Phase I, Southeast Metro Manila Expressway
NLEX-SLEX Connector Road
Sen Gil Puyal Avenue-Paseo de Roxas/Makati Avenue Underpass
C-2 (Gov Forbes St)/R-7 (Espana St) Interchange Project
MMICP VI-EDSA/North Avenue-West Avenue Interchange
MMICP VI-North Avenue-Mindanao Avenue Interchange
MMICP VI C-5/Green Meadows/Acropolis/Calle Industria Exchange
Bonificio Global City-Ortigas Center Link Road Project
Sta Monica-Lawton Bridge
Lawton Avenue-Globel City Viaduct
Meralco Avenue-Sta Monica
EDSA Taft Flyover
UP-Miriam-Ateneo Viaduct along C-5/Katipunan, C-5
Candon City By-Pass Road, Ilocos Sur
Laoag City By-Pass Road, Ilocos Norte
Plaridel By-Pass Road, Phase II
Carcar By-Pass Road, Carcar City, Cebu
Palo West By-Pass Road, Palo, Leyte
Tacloban City By-Pass Road, Leyte
Cotabato City East Diversion Road
Alae By-Pass Road
Davao City By-Pass Construction Project, Mindanao
The agency is also studying the following proposed projects:
- Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike
- Central Luzon Link Expressway – Phase II (Cabanatuan-San Jose)
- Manila Bay Integrated Flood Control, Coastal Defense and Expressway Project
- R7 Expressway
- North Luzon Expressway East Phases I and II
- Pasig Marikina Expressway
- East-West Connection Expressway
- C-5 Kalayaan-Bagong Ilog Improvement Project
The DPWH is also studying the feasibility of proposed inter-island linkage projects such as the P4.863-billion Panguil Bay Bridge, and the P21.67 billion Panay-Guimaras-Negros Island Bridge Project.
Apart from these, Villar said the DPWH wants to complete and update the flood control and drainage master plans and feasibility studies of the country’s 18 major river basis and other “critical” principal rivers. – Rappler.com