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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

#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

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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