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$380-million ADB loan to finance 11 infra projects in Mindanao

Jan 12, 2018 - 2:12 PM

The loan will finance the construction of roads in the Zamboanga Peninsula and bridges in Tawi-Tawi

San Miguel to start building Southeast Metro Manila Expressway in April

Jan 08, 2018 - 8:55 PM

The Department of Transportation expects travel from Batasan, Quezon City to FTI, Taguig City to take just 35 minutes once the expressway is completed

BREAK GROUND. Executives of SMC, DOTr, TRB, BCDA, and DPWH on Monday, January 8 break ground for Southeast Metro Manila Expressway. Photo from SMC

Conglomerates form ‘Super Consortium’ to propose NAIA upgrade

Dec 21, 2017 - 3:37 PM

The Ayala, Aboitiz, Gokongwei, Gotianum, Metro Pacific and Andrew Tan groups will submit their unsolicited bid to the Department of Transportation

Work begins on Clark International Airport expansion

Dec 20, 2017 - 6:49 PM

The project is part of a wider plan to transform Central Luzon in conjunction with the Manila-Clark Railway, Subic-Clark Cargo Railway, and the New Clark City projects

Metro Manila Subway leads expected infra buildup in 2018

Dec 20, 2017 - 5:37 PM

The subway is expected to break ground in Q3 as one of 6 major rollouts next year while government spending is up 10% to P2.241 trillion through January to October of this year

LOOK: New Araneta-Magsaysay flyover in Bacolod

Dec 19, 2017 - 4:35 PM

The P32-million flyover is located at the busy intersection of Araneta Avenue and Magsaysay Avenue which caters to about 40,000 vehicles daily

Cebu airport operator bags construction deal for new Clark terminal

Dec 19, 2017 - 3:20 PM

(UPDATED) The group of Megawide Construction Corporation and Bangalore-based GMR Infrastructure Limited will build a new terminal at the Clark International Airport, which will be able to accommodate an additional 8 million passengers yearly

NEW TERMINAL. The BCDA says the Clark International Airport's new terminal building is expected to break ground in the 4th quarter of 2017 and would be completed in 2020. Artist perspective courtesy of BCDA

Clark airport maintenance among PPP projects set for rollout in 2018

Dec 18, 2017 - 7:36 PM

The PPP Center is also eyeing 5 to 8 water projects under some local government units

Aboitiz Construction sets sights on China

Dec 18, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Aboitiz is in talks with Shandong Electric Power Construction Corporation III and Dongfang Electric Company to look into opportunities in China

CHINA VISIT. Aboitiz Construction executives visited two large companies – Shandong Electric Power and Dongfang Electric – in China in their effort to explore further business opportunities overseas. Photo from Aboitiz Group

NEDA eyes 6 big infra project rollouts, 8% GDP growth in 2018

Dec 14, 2017 - 6:10 PM

These projects include the Metro Manila Subway and Phase 1 of the Mindanao Railway which would encompass the Tagum-Davao-Digos Segment

ECONOMIC PLANNING. NEDA officials led by Socioeconomic planning secretary Ernesto Pernia (5th from right) discuss upcoming infrastructure and other economic issues at NEDA's 2017 year-end briefing held in Pasig on December 14. Photo by Chris Schnabel/Rappler

ADB upgrades Philippine GDP growth forecast for 2017, 2018

Dec 13, 2017 - 4:30 PM

The outlook of the Asian Development Bank 'assumes that growth in the government's infrastructure program will accelerate'

TPLEX now extended to Pozorrubio in Pangasinan

Dec 07, 2017 - 6:50 PM

The new 10.10-kilometer segment is expected to cut the Tarlac-Pozorrubio travel time from 2 hours and 30 minutes to just 45 minutes

Conglomerates in talks for 'super consortium' to upgrade NAIA

Dec 07, 2017 - 3:50 PM

Andrew Tan's Alliance Global and Lucio Tan's LT Group confirm there are talks with other business groups, though no formal agreements have been reached

Uber, DPWH join forces for better traffic planning

Dec 05, 2017 - 3:35 PM

The ride-hailing company will share traffic data with the government to help analyze how infrastructure projects affect traffic

Metro Manila has 3rd worst traffic in Southeast Asia – study

Nov 30, 2017 - 8:30 PM

A study by the Boston Consulting Group shows Metro Manila motorists and commuters get stuck in traffic for an average of 66 minutes daily

[OPINION] Why democracy's not a constraint to infrastructure, development

Nov 22, 2017 - 8:20 AM

In authoritarian regimes, infrastructure projects are subject to large commissions, bribes, and kickbacks, and this often compromises their quantity and quality

Philippine gov't, Facebook partner for 'ultra high-speed' broadband

Nov 15, 2017 - 8:15 PM

The government says the planned Luzon Bypass Infrastructure will have 'spectrum equivalent to at least two million Mbps,' nearly equal to the combined capacity of Globe and PLDT

LUZON BYPASS INFRA. The deal involves two cable landing stations connected by a 250-kilometer long cable network corridor, which will provide terrestrial bypass route for international submarine cable owners seeking diversity from the Luzon Strait. File photo

Filinvest, JG Summit tap Changi as partner in Clark Airport bid

Nov 14, 2017 - 6:33 PM

The consortium of Gotianuy and Gokongwei groups appoints Changi Airports International as technical partner for its new P839 billion proposal to develop and operate Clark Airport

PH, Russia mull Northern Luzon railway corridor, new direct flights

Nov 14, 2017 - 3:40 PM

The two countries are exploring direct flights between their capitals and development assistance for the Philippines' Northern railway corridor

BILATERAL TALKS. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and Russian Minister for Transport Maksim Sokolov discuss possible areas of cooperation. Photos from Department of Transportation

Democracy, infrastructure development not a good mix – Razon

Nov 13, 2017 - 9:35 PM

Enrique Razon Jr says 'countries with the best infrastructure in the world are dictatorships'; Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala says he won't go that route

In ASEAN business summit, Razon asks PH to 'just get things done'

Nov 13, 2017 - 6:00 PM

The port magnate and casino operator says the Philippines can achieve larger economic gains than its neighbors by improving its infrastructure

FOCUS ON OWN. 'Once and for all, we (the Philippines) really have to focus and invest in our own infrastructure,' tycoon Enrique Razon Jr says. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

$60 billion a year needed to address ASEAN infrastructure gap – ADB

Nov 13, 2017 - 3:25 PM

To fill the region's massive infrastructure gap, some businessmen recommend the public-private partnership (PPP) route

INFRA GAP. Citing an ADB study, ADB's Diwakar Gupta saya a 10% increase in energy distribution would mean 7% increase in exports; while a 10% increase in trasnportation leads to 2% increase in exports. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Which ASEAN economy has the most developed infrastructure?

Nov 12, 2017 - 7:49 AM

Ahead of the ASEAN Summit in Manila, Rappler looks at how economies in the region compare in terms of infrastructure development

Graphics by Raffy de Guzman/Rappler

Metro Pacific tollways unit expands presence in Indonesia

Nov 06, 2017 - 8:40 PM

For $132 million, the toll road arm of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation raises its stake in Indonesian infrastructure holding company PT Nusantara

Alibaba's Jack Ma: PH internet 'no good'

Oct 25, 2017 - 9:56 PM

Rather than pointing fingers, the Chinese tycoon urges the private sector to grasp the opportunity and invest in better internet infrastructure for guaranteed returns

Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Bad roads, flooding, illegal drugs top local concerns

Oct 20, 2017 - 10:46 AM

A new Pulse Asia survey says majority of respondents from Metro Manila cite illegal drugs as their most urgent local concern, but this is not the case for the rest of Luzon

File photos by Rappler

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Oct 20, 2017 - 10:34 AM

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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 operations and maintenance to the private sector. Stock photo

Diokno not alarmed over funding for Build, Build, Build

Oct 19, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Some economists are concerned that less revenues from the proposed tax reform package could jeopardize the Duterte administration's P8-trillion infrastructure program

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, during the Dutertenomics Forum at the Fairmont Makati on August 10, 2017, highlights the increased government spending for various government projects. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Road repairs lift infrastructure spending in August

Oct 15, 2017 - 11:25 PM

Disbursements for infrastructure and other capital outlays reach P40.1 billion in August, thanks to completed projects of the DPWH and other projects of the DepEd and DOH

ROAD REPAIRS. The Department of Budget and Management says disbursements for the month of September are seen to be substantial, owing to the huge infrastructure spending requirements of the public works and highways department. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Modern wharf for Puerto Princesa Underground River

Oct 13, 2017 - 5:28 PM

The construction of the P100-million Sabang Integrated Wharf Development project will begin in the second quarter of 2018, and is expected to be completed in 5 years

SOON TO RISE. A rendering of the wharf to be built in  Sitio Sabang, Barangay Cabayuga in Puerto Princesa City. All images from the PPUR Management Office

Alliance Global moves into infrastructure, proposes Skytrain

Oct 11, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Andrew Tan's new infrastructure subsidiary Infracorp Development announces its arrival with an unsolicited bid for a monorail project that would link Guadalupe, Makati to Bonifacio Global City

Metro Pacific to ink deal with Leighton for CALAX

Oct 08, 2017 - 11:45 PM

Under a contract worth about P7.3 billion, Leighton will build the Cavite side of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX)

CALAX. The tollways arm of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) is spending P153 billion until the first quarter of 2018 to start building highways and toll roads around the Philippines that will make up for the country's national infrastructure. Photo from MPIC website

World Bank cuts Philippine GDP forecast again

Oct 04, 2017 - 9:05 PM

The World Bank's new projections are 6.6% for 2017 and 6.7% for 2018, down from the previous forecasts of 6.8% and 6.9%, respectively

WB, AIIB commit P21 billion to manage Metro Manila floods

Sep 30, 2017 - 7:10 PM

This comes as the Metro Manila Flood Management Master Plan is expected to be fully implemented in 25 years

Infrastructure remains weak link in Philippines' competitiveness

Sep 28, 2017 - 9:25 PM

The World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Index for 2017-2018 underscores that slow infrastructure development is hampering the Philippines' economy

ADB retains PH growth outlook, sees no signs of economy overheating

Sep 26, 2017 - 8:15 PM

The Asian Development Bank retains its forecast of 6.5% GDP growth for 2017 and 6.7% for 2018, while noting that infrastructure investment and receding inflation will fuel the economy

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

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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

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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