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Pangilinan-Ayala group poised to bag MRT3 original proponent status

Sep 18, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Other private groups will be able to submit competing offers under a Swiss challenge, while the original proponent, the Pangilinan-Ayala group, would be given the right to match them

HURDLES. Once the Pangilinan-Ayala group is given the original proponent status and hurdled the Swiss challenge, it expects to take over the operations, maintenance, and rehabilitation of MRT3 by early 2018. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Megawide's proposed East-West Railway to cost $1 billion

Sep 18, 2017 - 4:50 PM

The railway would be an elevated 9.4-kilometer train line from Diliman, Quezon City to Lerma, Manila

FIRST RAIL DEAL. Megawide will exercise its option to buy up to 60% of the equity of East-West Railway Project upon incorporation of special purpose vehicle. Photo courtesy of Megawide

NEDA Board approves Metro Manila Subway, longest railway

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:30 PM

UPDATED These big ticket projects will be funded via official development assistance ODA from either China or Japan

BETTER TRANSPORT. These big-ticket projects form part of Mega Manila Dream Plan, a transport network roadmap seen to decongest the country’s capital. Images courtesy of www.build.gov.ph

DBP open to unload MRT3 interests

Sep 12, 2017 - 3:15 PM

A new owner and operator for Metro Rail Transit Line 3 MRT3 is in the books of the Philippine government This is to give the railway proper upgrade and maintenance

COMMUTERS' ORDEAL. During rush hour, MRT3 passengers endure long lines and jampacked trains. Rappler file photo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 11, 2017

Sep 11, 2017 - 11:37 AM

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Government infrastructure spending up 25% to P48.4B in July

Sep 11, 2017 - 12:30 AM

July s result means government spending on infrastructure and other capital expenditures stands at P297 5 billion so far this year up 11 1

PPP Center rebuilds pipeline with new focus: LGUs

Sep 07, 2017 - 7:06 PM

The Public Private Partnership PPP Center of the Philippines promises to add more local government unit LGU projects to the pipeline

NEW FOCUS. Amid the shift of focus to official development assistance and local financing, the PPP Center is rebuilding its pipeline with a new role: helping local government units. Rappler file photo

$7-B Metro Manila subway to be extended to NAIA

Sep 06, 2017 - 6:10 PM

From an earlier projection of 4 4 billion P225 17 billion the cost of the proposed subway goes up to 7 billion P358 25 billion

How the war renamed the bridges in Marawi

Sep 03, 2017 - 11:09 AM

3 bridges separate the battle area from the so called safe zone – and they have been getting new names as the war progresses

Pangilinan-Ayala group eyes MRT3 takeover by early 2018

Aug 31, 2017 - 8:25 PM

The group hopes to operate maintain and rehabilitate the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 for 32 years Will its unsolicited proposal be approved?

NEW OPERATOR SOON? MRT3 is currently being maintained by Korean-Filipino firm Busan Universal Rail Incorporated (BURI), while the system's rail replacement is being handled by the government. MRT Corporation owns the system. Photo from the Metrostar Express website

Auction for new Clark airport terminal starts

Aug 23, 2017 - 6:15 PM

The Bases Conversion and Development Authority names 7 prospective bidders including two Chinese firms once banned by the World Bank as well as the concessionaire of the award winning Mactan Cebu International Airport

NEW TERMINAL. The creation of a new passenger airport terminal in Clark is seen to increase passenger capacity by 8 million per year, from the existing 4.2 million passengers per year. Artist perspective courtesy of BCDA

Alternate route eyed for Palawan superhighway to spare 'Acacia Tunnel'

Aug 23, 2017 - 1:22 PM

The Department of Public Works and Highways DPWH says it is considering an alternative route to save the century old acacia trees that form a tunnel like canopy along the national highway in Barangay Inagawan

TREES SAVED. The new Palawan superhighway won't pass through this path anymore.Photo by Edilberto Magpayo/Rappler

ADB offers Philippines $3.8B in loans for infra, social projects

Aug 20, 2017 - 9:05 PM

Nearly half of the total will help fund infrastructure projects from 2018 to 2020 says the Department of Finance

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, August 18, 2017

Aug 18, 2017 - 10:07 AM

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'TERRORIST ATTACK.' Policemen stand together on the Rambla boulevard after a van ploughed into the crowd, killing at least 13 people and injuring around 100 others on the Rambla in Barcelona on August 17, 2017. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Gov't spending, agriculture lift Philippine GDP in Q2 2017

Aug 17, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Spending on infrastructure is a bright spot for the economy in the 2nd quarter of 2017 but in a role reversal it s now the private sector and not the government that is lagging

Malacañan Photo

Palawan's superhighway project called an 'environmental disaster'

Aug 10, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Plans to expand Palawan’s national highway from two to 6 lanes has alarmed citizens and civil society groups for its potential negative environmental impacts

EXTENSION. Construction has started for the extension of the Palawan highway in the southern portion of the province. Photo courtesy of Palawan NGO Network Incorporated

Has change really come? Misleading graphs and how to spot them

Aug 05, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Next time you encounter a graph don’t take it at face value Examine the variables scrutinize the labels check the sources and understand the message – all before you click share

Duterte infra: Bigger, more imperial and China-linked

Jul 30, 2017 - 1:00 PM

With increased ambition could there also be more risk?

BUILD, BUILD, BUILD. Workers are seen on scaffolding at a construction site for an expressway in Manila on March 8, 2017. Noel Celis/AFP

P30-B superhighway project to boost Palawan economy

Jul 27, 2017 - 11:19 AM

The project part of the national government priority program will expand to 6 lanes the two lane national highway that traverses El Nido town in the north to Bataraza town in the south

SONA 2017: No promises to speed up infra implementation

Jul 24, 2017 - 10:53 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte cites the victories in his administration s infrastructure initiatives during its first year in office

OFF TOPIC. The Philippine president once again veered away from the supposed focus of his 2nd SONA, which is economic development. Instead, Duterte gave off-the-cuff remarks on his campaign against illegal drugs, irresponsible miners, and the 1901 Balangiga Massacre, among others. Screenshot from Rappler YouTube account

NEDA reviews San Miguel's proposed airport in Bulacan

Jul 17, 2017 - 12:35 AM

The NEDA chief however says it is not a priority because they will focus on projects that can be finished within President Rodrigo Duterte s term

BACK BURNER. However, NEDA chief Ernesto Pernia says his office will focus on projects that can be completed in 3-6 years' time. Presidential Photo

Metro Pacific sets sights on Clark airport upgrade

Jul 16, 2017 - 11:50 PM

The Bases Conversion and Development Authority plans to start the auction for the airport s P12 5 billion expansion within the year

INTERESTED. 'Yes, we will take a look at it,' MPIC chairman Manuel Pangilinan replies when asked if it will bid for Clark airport upgrade. Background photo from Wikicommons

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 7, 2017

Jul 07, 2017 - 10:03 AM

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Duterte admin's infra spending in May highest in 6 months

Jul 06, 2017 - 10:10 PM

Infrastructure spending rises by 31 4 in May 2017 alone the highest since November 2016

DAY AND NIGHT. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) inspects the 24/7 construction of an infrastructure project along Quezon Avenue. Photo from DPWH

GGG vs PPP

Jul 06, 2017 - 8:32 AM

Similar to the past there are internal battles being fought as regards the right balance between state and market

First Metro, UA&P lower Philippine GDP forecast due to slow spending

Jul 05, 2017 - 8:05 PM

Economists express concern over infrastructure projects warning that changing modes of implementation midway would lead to delays and slower growth

FORECAST. First Metro and UA&P have trimmed their Philippine economic growth forecast for 2017

Major railways, national transport policy get NEDA Board approval

Jun 28, 2017 - 6:10 PM

For majority of the approved infrastructure projects the mode of financing is changed from public private partnership PPP to official development assistance ODA

11 DEALS. Some of the projects approved are major railways and an airport expansion deal. Photo by Malacanang

For Dutertenomics to work, the President has to take charge

Jun 27, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The President can no longer take the backseat The executive and legislative are in a deadlock over tax reform Dutertenomics financing hanging in the balance

PH economy to march on despite political risks – Oxford Business Group

Jun 14, 2017 - 7:35 PM

Navigating the new world order and completing massive infrastructure projects are more crucial to economic momentum according to experts

Megawide group proposes P208-billion Cebu airport expansion

Jun 12, 2017 - 12:45 AM

This would make the Cebu airport the only Philippine airport with two independent parallel runways seen to serve annual passenger capacities of up to 50 million

EXPANSION. The group also intends to rehabilitate the airport's existing runway and taxiways, build a 3rd terminal, add a full-length parallel taxiway, as well as construction of more rapid exit taxiways and runway holding positions. Image from GMR-Megawide official Facebook page

South Korea offers to fund Philippine infrastructure projects

Jun 07, 2017 - 7:15 PM

The Export Import Bank of Korea KEXIM offers concessional loans and a knowledge driven program that will enable South Korea to share its successes and failures to the Philippines

WELCOMED. Representatives of KEXIM met with Philippine government to discuss their proposed concessional loans for some Philippine public infrastructure deals. Rappler file photo

Estrada approves building 3 islands at Manila Bay for new commercial district

Jun 06, 2017 - 7:50 PM

The city government says the reclamation project dubbed Horizon Manila is expected to generate hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of pesos in revenues

NEW LANDS. Horizon Manila is only one of many reclamation projects being pursued by Manila mayor and former president Joseph "Erap" Estrada.

Bulk of Duterte's massive infra plan to be funded via local financing

May 31, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Only about P1 3 trillion or 18 will be accounted for through public private partnership projects

HYBRID. The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is pushing for a hybrid mode, where the government will build the infrastructure projects and later bid out the operation and maintenance to the private sector. Stock photo

Gov't spending on infrastructure falls by P9B in April

May 28, 2017 - 10:15 PM

The Department of Budget and Management says the drop is mainly due to the absence of big ticket expenditures in the military s modernization program which are set for later in the year

Malacañan Photo

U.S. Fed: New rate hike likely coming 'soon'

May 25, 2017 - 10:35 AM

Most analysts expect two more rate increases this year likely in June and in September but there are now doubts over that schedule

RATE HIKE. Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen holds a news conference after the central bank announced an increase in the benchmark interest rate following a Federal Open Market Committee meeting on December 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

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May 22, 2017 - 10:53 PM

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Gov't infra push fails to spark economy in Q1

May 22, 2017 - 12:30 PM

The Duterte administration s Build Build Build program has yet to break ground and lift the economy leaving the private sector to fill the void

WATCH: Interior design for the poor? UP students make it happen

May 20, 2017 - 4:04 PM

This furniture project of students from the UP College of Home Economics aims to expose the interior design community to the needs of marginalized sectors

30 countries reject protectionism at China's Belt and Road Forum

May 16, 2017 - 6:15 PM

Leaders who participated in China s Belt and Road Forum lay down cooperation principles for the Belt and Road Initiative

Will China help the Philippines achieve its railway dreams?

May 13, 2017 - 6:38 PM

China has the world s largest high speed railway network The Philippines meanwhile is hoping to get aid to boost its infrastructure

Photo by Acor Arceo/Rappler

Looking ahead: Gender equality, universal healthcare in ADB's priority list

May 07, 2017 - 11:48 AM

Here are 5 issues the Asian Development Bank is prioritizing as it crafts its long term strategy for 2030

ADB CHIEF. Asian Development Bank (ADB) chief Takehiko Nakao on November 24, 2016. Noel Celis/AFP/File

ADB president: We're not rivals with China's AIIB

May 04, 2017 - 3:48 PM

Asian Development Bank s Takehiko Nakao says the financing need to develop infrastructure in Asia is so huge that the two banks must cooperate

IN NUMBERS: Three-year Rolling Infrastructure Plan (TRIP)

May 03, 2017 - 6:00 PM

TRIP outlines over 4 000 infrastructure projects worth P3 6 trillion to be completed by 2020

MEDIUM TERM. TRIP aims to complete over 4,000 infrastructure projects worth P3.6 trillion by 2020.

Addressing myths of PPPs

Apr 30, 2017 - 4:00 PM

PPPs offer alternative financing solutions to the country’s massive infrastructure needs But despite the success of PPPs in the Philippines certain misconceptions continue to undermine the PPP program’s accomplishments

Ayala, SM taipans finally at ease over MRT-LRT common station

Apr 29, 2017 - 10:02 PM

At a recent government forum Jaime Zobel De Ayala and Teresita Sy Coson share a light hearted moment over the common station that their firms argued over for nearly 8 years

San Miguel inks P554-B deal for toll road expansion

Apr 27, 2017 - 5:36 PM

The expanded road network will include the extension of the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 project and the Metro Manila Expressway

Big role for private firms in gov't infra push – Cabinet

Apr 26, 2017 - 12:14 AM

The promised funds from China and Japan have led the Philippine government to call off some big PPP bids but the private sector still has a big role to play in infrastructure projects

LIVE: The Dutertenomics Forum

Apr 25, 2017 - 4:43 PM

Watch the Dutertenomics forum live on Rappler

Ayala Corp in the time of Duterte

Apr 24, 2017 - 5:21 PM

The conglomerate is positioning itself to take advantage of the administration s infrastructure push

Traveling ASEAN: transport systems around Southeast Asia

Apr 20, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Buses trains tricycles tuk tuks: how do people get around in the 10 countries that make up ASEAN?

LOCAL TRANSPORT. Cars and tuk-tuk ride past a row of ASEAN member countries' flags in the Laos capital of Vientiane on July 23, 2016. Photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP