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NEDA to Comelec: Exempt big infra projects from ban

Jan 29, 2019 - 12:15 PM

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia says he will bring up the proposal in the Cabinet meeting next week

Malaysia scraps multi-billion dollar China-backed project

Jan 26, 2019 - 2:26 PM

If the project was not terminated, Malaysia would have to pay an annual 500 million ringgit interest payment

MALAYSIA. The Perdana Putra, which is located in Putrajaya, is the seat of power of the Malaysian federal government's executive as it houses the office complex of the Malaysian Prime Minister. Photo by King Rodriguez / Presidential Photo

Diokno's in-laws behind firm that bagged big gov't projects – Andaya

Jan 03, 2019 - 1:54 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya claims there is a 'clear case of conflict of interest' as Aremar Construction's biggest stockholder and incorporator are in-laws of the budget chief

DIOKNO CONNECTION. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr (center) links DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno to Aremar Construction on January 3, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

LOOK: Heavy rains damage road in Albay

Dec 29, 2018 - 3:38 PM

A highway in Jovellar town in Albay is damaged due to the continuous rains

Ex-Cabinet exec 'parked' P300M in budget – Andaya

Dec 16, 2018 - 12:38 PM

A Cabinet official, who resigned to run in the 2019 elections, is accused of inserting millions in flood mitigation projects for Bicol for the next fiscal year

FUNDS 'PARKING.' House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr discloses yet another alleged multi-million insertion in the proposed 2019 budget. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Diokno not involved? Sorsogon got P10-B infra projects in 2018 – Andaya

Dec 12, 2018 - 6:05 PM

(UPDATED) House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno's denial is 'unbelievable'

HOT SEAT. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno during the question hour on December 11, 2018, when lawmakers grilled him over the national budget. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Diokno denies conflict of interest over infra projects in Casiguran, Sorsogon

Dec 11, 2018 - 8:22 PM

House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez grills Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, whose daughter is married to the son of Sorsogon Vice Governor Ester Hamor

ON THE HOT SEAT. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno attends the question hour for him during the House plenary session on December 11, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Philippines to meet budget deficit target in 2018, says DOF

Nov 28, 2018 - 2:50 PM

The Bureau of the Treasury says the year-to-date fiscal gap stands at P438.1 billion of the P523.6-billion target cap

TARGET. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says the Philippine government will most likely hit the budget deficit ceiling targeted for 2018. Photo from Department of Finace

Philippines, Japan tackle infra, flood management projects

Nov 22, 2018 - 3:05 PM

The two countries reaffirm their commitment to get the Metro Manila Subway partially running by 2022

Infra projects move forward after Xi Jinping's visit to PH

Nov 21, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Cooperation arrangements between the Philippines and China are outlined for the Davao City Expressway and Mindanao Railway projects

Duterte and Xi tackle drugs, Marawi, infrastructure

Nov 20, 2018 - 10:07 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping says China will give another 50 scholarships for Filipinos, and donate 10,000 tons of rice for typhoon-stricken communities

CLOSE TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China meet in Malacañang on November 20, 2018, as Xi makes a state visit to the Philippines. Malacañang photo

Mozambique opens $785 million Chinese bridge

Nov 10, 2018 - 7:53 PM

The bridge will also directly link Mozambique's capital Maputo to the border of neighboring South Africa by road for the first time

BRIDGE. A worker stands at the Catembe side of the construction site of the Maputo-Catembe Bridge, which will be the longest suspension bridge in Africa once completed, in Catembe on February 10, 2017. File photo by John Wessels/AFPP

Infrastructure continues to boost gov't spending in August 2018

Oct 23, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Bulk of infrastructure and capital outlay disbursement in August goes to public works and military communication equipment

ROAD WORK. Workers install bricks for the sidewalk construction on the diversion road in Barangay Balabag in Boracay Island. Photo from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources

China's president launches Hong Kong-mainland mega bridge

Oct 23, 2018 - 10:32 AM

It is the second major infrastructure project tying Hong Kong to mainland China to launch in a matter of weeks, after the opening of a high-speed rail link in September

NAIA Consortium gains original proponent status for P102-B airport rehab

Sep 13, 2018 - 6:02 PM

The proposal to rehabilitate the Ninoy Aquino International Airport is now up for the approval of the National Economic and Development Authority Board

REHAB. NAIA Consortium has been awarded the "original proponent status" by the government for the rehabilitation of the country's main gateway. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ayala-Aboitiz consortium bids for national ID system

Aug 14, 2018 - 4:40 PM

Ayala Corporation, AC Infrastructure, Aboitiz InfraCapital, and Unisys Philippines aim to design and develop the infrastructure for the national ID system


Pernia: 43 of 75 flagship infra projects done in 2 years

Jul 26, 2018 - 1:52 PM

Socioeconomic Secretary Ernesto Pernia says that's a 'good batting average'

INFRASTRUCTURE. This photo taken on April 11, 2018, shows workers on a construction site beside a highway with heavy traffic in Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Hits and misses of Duterte’s infrastructure push

Jul 19, 2018 - 8:00 AM

The National Economic and Development Authority has identified 75 flagship projects under the government’s Build, Build Build program. Only 7 have started construction in 2018.

DPWH blames contractors, slow permit application for infra delays

Jul 12, 2018 - 5:29 PM

Public Works Secretary Mark Villar says they will suspend 43 contractors involved in more than 400 projects due to delays in implementation. This means DPWH has to bid the projects again.

INSPECTION. Secretary Mark Villar inspects the construction site of Pantaleon-Estrella Bridge and Binondo-Intramuros Bridge on July 11, 2018. Photo from Mark Villar's Facebook page

Infrastructure push to generate P31 trillion – NEDA

Jun 27, 2018 - 10:20 PM

The National Economic and Development Authority also says over a million jobs will be generated every year because of the government's Build, Build, Build program

'Can you lend more?' Duterte asks ADB to fund more infra projects

May 05, 2018 - 9:14 PM

'We shall continue to rely on the ADB for financial assistance, be it in the form or loans or grants,' President Rodrigo Duterte says at the 51st Annual Asian Develoment Bank Meeting

BUILD BUILD BUILD. President Rodrigo Duterte asks Asian Development Bank for more loans. Malacañang Photo

Ramon Ang: SMC can self-finance proposed P700-B Bulacan airport

May 04, 2018 - 4:35 PM

'If you look at [our] balance sheet and cash flow, we can easily do the airport alone,' says Ssn Miguel Corporation President Ramon Ang

ADB vows to fund more Mindanao projects

May 03, 2018 - 8:40 PM

As the Asian Development Bank holds its annual meeting, protesters outside demand an end to 'anti-poor and anti-development strategies'

ADB vows to fund more Mindanao projects

Asian Terminals sets P8-billion port expansion program

May 03, 2018 - 8:20 PM

The company will increase the container handling capacity of both the Manila South Harbor and the Batangas Container Terminal

Salceda says PH may import skilled workers from China and Burma

Apr 30, 2018 - 8:19 PM

Joey Salceda says the Philippines is short of 3.9 million skilled workers to support Build Build Build

IMPORT LABOR. Social Good Summit 2016 at the Green Sun in Makati City on September 24, 2016.

DPWH, Chinese firms sign contract for 2 Pasig River bridges

Apr 28, 2018 - 5:48 PM

The two projects are funded by a Chinese grant which covers the design and construction of the bridges

CONTRACT SIGNING. DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, DPWH Undersecretary Emil Sadain, CCC Highways Consultant Ltd deputy manager Lyu Gaohu, and China Road and Bridge Corporation vice president Liu Hong sign the contract for the Binondo-Intramuros and Estrella-Pantaleon bridge projects. Photo from DPWH Facebook page

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Apr 27, 2018 - 11:31 AM

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INTER-KOREAN SUMMIT. This screengrab from the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) taken on April 27, 2018 shows North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un (L) and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in walking together past the Military Demarcation Line that divides their countries at Panmunjeom. AFP PHOTO / KOREAN BROADCASTING SYSTEM (KBS)

Bulacan airport, 7 other projects get NEDA Board approval

Apr 26, 2018 - 5:55 PM

The NEDA Board, led by President Rodrigo Duterte, gives the go signal for the Bulacan International Airport and other projects

Philippines in 'golden age' of growth – ADB

Apr 11, 2018 - 1:21 PM

The Asian Development Bank projects the Philippine economy to grow by 6.8% in 2018 and 6.9% in 2019

ADB Asian development outlook 2018

Villar group 'seriously looking at' telecoms, casino

Apr 09, 2018 - 3:40 PM

The group is eyeing potential partners for the planned diversification

DIVERSIFICATION. The group of business tycoon Manuel 'Manny' Villar is seriously looking at telecommunications and gaming as new ventures. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Baghdad's infrastructure in ruins 15 years after Saddam fell

Apr 08, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Even Fardous Square, where a giant effigy of dictator Saddam Hussein was symbolically pulled down with the help of US Marines, remains to be revamped

A picture taken on April 5, 2018, Baghdad's Fardoos Square where the statue of late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein formerly stood.  After the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 there were hopes its millennium-old capital Baghdad could rise again from the ashes, but construction sites have remained idle as if time stood still. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

NEDA body approves San Miguel's Bulacan airport, 8 other projects

Apr 03, 2018 - 1:19 PM

These 9 infrastructure projects – cumulatively worth around P900 billion – are now tabled for final approval by the NEDA Board, which is headed by President Rodrigo Duterte

Gov't to lease retail, dining spaces at Metro Manila Subway stations

Mar 25, 2018 - 9:20 PM

Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says the revenues would help pay off Japan's loan for the construction of the subway

Dominguez photo by Malacanang

Dennis Uy-led Chelsea Logistics to expand into infrastructure

Mar 20, 2018 - 6:15 PM

The company says it will 'find [the] best ways to complement' the Build, Build, Build program of the Duterte administration

PRIME MOVER. The shipping and logistics business of the Udenna Group wants to expand into infrastructure. Photo from Chelsea Logistics

PH, Japan sign P51-B loan deal for phase 1 of Metro Manila Subway

Mar 16, 2018 - 5:01 PM

Under Phase 1, 30 kilometers of underground railway with 14 stations will be built from Mindanao Avenue to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport

You want parks, sidewalks, plazas? DBM has P2.5B for interested cities

Mar 15, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Interested city governments can submit conceptual designs of proposed projects, which will be evaluated by a team in June

RIVERSIDE PLAZA. A group of students hold a dance rehearsal at the entrance of the Iloilo Esplanade. File photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

NEDA committee approves Mindanao flood control infra, Metro Manila bridges

Mar 13, 2018 - 6:55 PM

These projects, which will be elevated to the NEDA Board for confirmation, are estimated to cost a total of P66.57 billion

Infra projects to help PH achieve 7% growth in 2018 – DOF

Mar 09, 2018 - 11:56 PM

During the country’s annual briefing with the Asian Development Bank, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says, 'Mindanao today is at the front and center of the Build, Build, Build infrastructure program'

Economists upbeat about FDI prospects for 2018

Mar 09, 2018 - 6:50 PM

While the country’s ranking as the top country to invest by media firm US News may be subjective, economists are nonetheless optimistic that last year’s strong foreign investment flows will continue this year

Chelsea Logistics submits P67-B bid to develop Davao, Bohol airports

Mar 09, 2018 - 12:37 PM

The unsolicited proposal seeks to upgrade and maintain both airports over a 30-year concession period

PH economic managers hail ranking by U.S. firm, vow more reforms

Mar 06, 2018 - 10:40 PM

'Our efforts to create a more business- and investor-friendly environment are gaining traction,' says Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia, after an American firm ranked the Philippines as the best country to invest in

Business confidence drops in first 3 months of 2018

Mar 02, 2018 - 3:58 PM

The overall confidence index of Q1 2018 slips to 39.5% from 43.3% for Q4 2017 due to the initial stages of the tax reform, lower demand, and high oil prices, says the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. However, the BSP says the outlook is brighter for Q2 of this year.

Megawide, Indian partner to compete with 'super consortium' for NAIA rehab

Mar 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM

GMR-Megawide's proposal provides a lower project cost and shorter concession period compared to that of the NAIA Consortium, formed by 7 of the country's top conglomerates

HEAD TO HEAD. The public-private partnership (PPP) frontrunner on airport deals will be competing with the consortium of 7 of the country’s top conglomerates for the original proponent status of the NAIA rehab project. Photo By Ben Nabong/Rappler

Philippines, Japan sign P4-billion loan deal for Bulacan road

Feb 28, 2018 - 7:31 PM

The loan will go towards expanding the Plaridel Bypass Road from two lanes to a 4-lane carriageway national road

Decades-old Zamboanga airport transfer study makes progress

Feb 27, 2018 - 7:38 AM

Local officials here have long wanted to move the Zamboanga International Airport due to its proximity to the city center

TOO NEAR. The Zamboanga International Airport's proximity to the city's main district makes local planning a challenge, thus the local government has been lobbying to transport the facility away from the bustling center. Mick Basa / Rappler

Metro Pacific to slow down on new proposals until toll hikes resolved

Feb 26, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The tollways unit of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation says it has foregone roughly P7.5 billion in potential revenues since 2012 because of delayed toll adjustments

PENDING HIKE. The delays in toll hike have been hurting the pockets of operators, with a total foregone revenue of roughly P7.5 billion. Image from Wikimedia

DOTr to review P350-billion NAIA rehabilitation proposal

Feb 18, 2018 - 10:05 PM

The Department of Transportation expects to finish its evaluation of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport proposal by top conglomerates in April

REHABILITATION. Passenger traffic to NAIA is expected to continue to grow significantly over the coming years and the existing runway configuration may be unable to accommodate the future flows. Photo By Ben Nabong/Rappler

Donors pledge $30B for Iraq reconstruction at Kuwait conference

Feb 15, 2018 - 7:41 AM

76 countries, numerous international funds and global organizations and hundreds of investors have made pledges

PICKING UP THE PIECES. A general view taken on February 14, 2018 shows Iraqis reconstructing a damaged street in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Ahmad Muwafaq/AFP

DPWH gets help from Hong Kong-based Arup for infra deals

Feb 13, 2018 - 4:43 PM

The consulting contract is the first of 3 consulting packages expected under the $100-million Infrastructure Preparation and Innovation Facility approved by the Asian Development Bank in October 2017

'Super consortium' formalizes P350-billion NAIA rehab proposal

Feb 13, 2018 - 12:30 PM

The consortium's members are Aboitiz InfraCapital, AC Infrastructure, Alliance Global, Asia's Emerging Dragon, Filinvest, JG Summit, and Metro Pacific

REHABILITATING NAIA. The consortium teams up with Singapore's Changi Airports International Private Limited to provide technical support in the areas of master planning, operations optimization, and commercial development. Image from Aboitiz Corporate Communications