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Duterte's economic team approves 12 infrastructure projects

Dec 20, 2019 - 9:55 PM

Dennis Uy's unsolicited proposal for the Davao International Airport, the Panay-Guimaras-Negros Bridge, and MRT4 are just some of the projects approved by the Investment Coordination Committee

Foreign lenders wanted: P348 billion needed for Duterte's new infra projects

Nov 15, 2019 - 6:20 PM

The Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge, pegged at P187 billion, is the most expensive of all new infrastructure projects on the Duterte administration's revised list

Drilon says original Build, Build, Build list 'not well-thought-of'

Nov 14, 2019 - 4:19 PM

'What we're saying is that maybe the original 75 flagship projects were not well-thought-of so that we revise them in the middle of the stream,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

NOT 'WELL-THOUGHT-OF'? Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon asks why the projects that were shelved from the old list were originally included if these don't have a high economic return. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] The moving goalposts of Duterte’s Build, Build, Build

Nov 14, 2019 - 10:53 AM

Moving goalposts is ill-advised. Not only does it render BBB practically impossible to evaluate, it also serves as a convenient excuse for the economic managers’ sloppy conception and implementation of the program.

Duterte's golden age of infrastructure will have to be completed by next president

Nov 13, 2019 - 2:36 PM

Duterte's new list of infrastructure projects features about 100, but he won't finish almost half of them during his term. Most construction activities are also expected to start by 2022, his last year in office.


LIST: Duterte's new and shelved infrastructure projects

Nov 13, 2019 - 9:00 AM

There are dozens of new Build, Build, Build projects, including the Cebu Monorail System, Kanan Dam, and another MRT line. Some appear to be scrapped, including a huge chunk of the Mindanao Railway.

LIST: Duterte's revised lineup of Build, Build, Build projects

Nov 12, 2019 - 9:15 PM

Rappler obtains the revised list of the Duterte administration's infrastructure projects. The government needs a whopping P4.3 trillion to implement all 100 projects.


Duterte's team changes tune on PPPs as infra push gets reality check

Nov 07, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Presidential adviser Vince Dizon says the Duterte administration is now more open to public-private partnerships, but would get rid of deals that fail to 'promote public interest'

Expensive, too much work: Duterte’s team rethinks infra projects

Oct 23, 2019 - 12:42 PM

From 75, the new list of big-ticket infrastructure projects will include 91 smaller but more feasible projects, says Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia

Duterte's bridges linking Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao shelved

Oct 23, 2019 - 11:44 AM

'It can be taken up again in the next administration. At least they will know by now that they will spend more and make sure that they can cope with the challenge,' says Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia

Duterte wants gov't projects awarded to contractors with 'most responsive, advantageous bid'

Oct 12, 2019 - 2:42 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte wants to amend the Government Procurement Reform Act to erase the requirement that projects must go to the lowest qualified bidder

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with some members of the cabinet prior to the start of the 42nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on October 11, 2019. Malacañang Photo

PH health care, infra, institutions among worst in the world – WEF

Oct 09, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The Philippines is down 8 spots in the World Economic Forum's 2019 Global Competitiveness Report

P63 billion right-of-way funds proposed in 2020 budget

Sep 15, 2019 - 1:25 PM

Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel calls on the DPWH and DOTr to be transparent on their multi-billion proposed allocations for right-of-way infrastructure projects

BUILD BUILD BUILD

Jul 27, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Rappler maps the 75 big-ticket infrastructure projects under the Build, Build, Build program

[ANALYSIS] The pipe dream that is Build, Build, Build

Jul 24, 2019 - 5:00 PM

What’s the status of the Build, Build, Build projects? Why have they proceeded so slowly? How are we going to pay for them?

PH invests in infrastructure to lure businesses amid U.S.-China trade war

Jul 01, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Philippine officials are seeing the silver lining in the US-China trade war and are building the necessary infrastructure to reap the benefits

Vivant eyes water, infrastructure projects in Cebu

Jun 21, 2019 - 3:32 PM

Although Arlo Sarmiento describes 2018 as 'challenging,' he reveals Vivant had the 'highest income so far' since the company’s incorporation

Vivant Corporation president and chief executive officer Arlo Sarmiento (seated center) says they intend to pursue energy and infrastucture projects in Cebu. Photo courtesy of Vivant Corporation

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

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

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

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

EXPLAINER: Not all projects are eligible for a Swiss challenge

Jan 30, 2018 - 7:36 PM

The Philippine president prefers a Swiss challenge for government projects, but the law says not all deals are eligible for that mode of implementation

SWISS CHALLENGE. Swiss challenge is when the government invites private groups to make competing offers, while giving the original proponent the right to match them. File photo

$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

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

$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

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

Philippines shopping for 'nice' China-funded infra deals

Nov 17, 2016 - 8:25 PM

The country s first subway a massive Northern Mindanao railway and a Tutuban Sorsogon train system are just some of the infrastructure projects the Philippine government plans to fund via official development assistance ODA from China

INFRA SHOPPING. 'We think there is an excess capacity in China because there is not much infrastructure projects there. We are really shopping for nice projects,' Budget chief Benjamin Diokno says. File photo by Rappler

Duterte admin revives plan to build Metro Manila subway

Aug 18, 2016 - 2:20 PM

This would have been the most expensive public private partnership PPP deal implemented under former president Benigno Aquino III s administration

1ST SUBWAY. The current administration says the subway PPP deal is being revisited because 'there is demand for the service.' Graphics by Nina Martinez/Rappler

PH, South Korea sign $100M loan deal for Panguil Bay Bridge

Apr 28, 2016 - 2:15 PM

The bridge will connect Tangub Misamis Occidental and Tubod Lanao Del Norte

CONNECTING CITIES. Panguil Bay Bridge is targeted to be implemented starting this year until 2018. Image from cdodev.com

Modern airport, train systems: Miriam vows better public infra

Mar 01, 2016 - 9:41 PM

It will have to be financed through better tax administration tax policy reform and government borrowings says presidential bet Miriam Defensor Santiago

Megawide group completes 1st school PPP deal

Jan 06, 2016 - 11:10 AM

Over 400 000 students in Ilocos Central Luzon and Calabarzon regions will be welcomed with newly built classrooms

ADDRESS BACKLOG. The school PPP project aims to supplement the current program of DepEd in reducing classroom backlog. Photo from Megawide website

ADB, Japan to pour $16B for infra in Asia and the Pacific

Nov 21, 2015 - 4:37 PM

The 16 billion investment will also contribute to the expansion of climate financing for developing countries in Asia and the Pacific

BOOST APEC INFRA. ADB and Japan cofinanced Indonesia's Sarulla Geothermal Project. Photo by Sarulla Operations Limited

Grace Poe hits 'band-aid' solutions of Aquino admin

Nov 11, 2015 - 6:23 PM

Malacañang calls Poe s accusation not accurate and says long term projects need to be pursued even if these ill not be complete within 6 years

 CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ARNOLD ALMACEN. Photo by Poe-Escudero Media Bureau

DOTC rolls out road transport IT project

Jul 30, 2015 - 3:45 PM

This is the 10th public private partnership PPP project of the transportation department that s being rolled out as it sets auction for more PPP deals

CLEAN UP. The IT project is seen to clean up the existing data of LTFRB and lessen the processing time for its transactions

Megawide quadruples spending budget for 2015

Jun 30, 2015 - 9:47 PM

Megawide has roughly P8 billion 177 31 million in cash earmarked for various identified public private partnership projects says its CFO Oliver Tan

5TH PPP. Megawide has bagged 5 of 10 awarded PPP deals since Aquino administration launched its flagship project in 2010. In the photo are the top executives of Megawide. Photo from Megawide Construction

China-backed infrastructure bank operational by end-2015: statement

May 22, 2015 - 4:19 PM

The conclusion of the meeting comes a day after Japan s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced an apparent counter move of 110 billion investment plan for infrastructure projects in Asia

Switzerland, Luxembourg plan to join China-led development bank

Mar 21, 2015 - 2:22 PM

Other European countries have already announced their intentions to join the bank which is viewed as a competitor to the World Bank and Asian Development Bank

FOUNDING. Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, takes photos with guests of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in 2014. Photo by Takaki Yajima/AFP

Fate of 1st PH subway proposal known late March

Mar 04, 2015 - 5:52 PM

If approved by the NEDA Board the project will be up for bids by the second quarter of 2015 the PPP Center chief says

Light rail or subway?

Mar 03, 2015 - 4:06 PM

A light rail network is easier and cheaper than a subway system says Metro Pacific Investments Corporation’s Chairman Manuel V Pangilinan

NEDA prefers ‘cheaper’ BGC route for subway project

Feb 19, 2015 - 5:31 PM

The government is set to shell out P20 billion more if it chooses 32nd Street in Bonifacio Global City as final subway stop

1st PH subway project awaits final green light

Jan 27, 2015 - 6:32 PM

If approved the Mass Transit System Loop project will be the biggest public private partnership under the Aquino administration

Gov't seeks investors for $1-B water projects

Jun 08, 2014 - 8:40 PM

The 3 water infrastructure projects aim to improve water security for Metro Manila and surrounding provinces

WATER SECURITY. La Mesa Dam supplies water to Metro Manila and nearby provinces. Photo from Twitter by @trish_roque

DPWH to contractors: 'Do your job right'

Mar 02, 2014 - 10:13 AM

We have more than enough infrastructure projects you can chew but let s forget the hanky panky that s been happening in the past says Secretary Rogelio Singson

MAP: Major road projects in Metro Manila

Feb 21, 2014 - 9:30 PM

Rappler maps all major roadwork projects that are expected to worsen the traffic situation in Metro Manila and the schools and hospitals that will be affected

NO END IN SIGHT. Expect heavier traffic in the coming months. File photo by Rappler

Ayala, MPIC tie up anew for LRT 1 bidding

Jan 16, 2014 - 5:08 PM

The companies will compete with DMCI San Miguel and MTD Philippines for the P65 B project extending the LRT 1 to Cavite

TAKE TWO. Original bidders for the railway project will join a second bidding in April. Photo courtesy of the PPP Center

All systems go for Cebu airport bidding

Nov 27, 2013 - 5:29 PM

The Transportation department is confident the project will attract the most number of bidders for any PPP so far

FINALLY PUSHING THROUGH. Bidding for the Mactan-Cebu International Airport expansion project will go on as scheduled on November 28, says the Transportation department. Photo courtesy of the PPP Center