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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

$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


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

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

Cebu airport project for auction on Nov 28

Nov 22, 2013 - 8:06 AM

The project s terms were approved by the NEDA board on November 21

FOR AUCTION. The bidding for the airport deal has been set after the NEDA board has approved its project terms.Photo courtesy of the PPP Center.

PDAF of 'executive offices' doubles – COA

Oct 29, 2013 - 9:43 PM

Unidentified offices under the executive branch get more than a 100 increase in their pork barrel allotment from 2011 to 2012

What goes into the building of classrooms

Oct 29, 2013 - 7:58 PM

For Education Secretary Bro Armin Luistro building classrooms goes beyond meeting targets

FACTORS. The Department of Education wants more than just meeting its target of 66,800 classrooms before 2013 ends. File photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Session break? House to vet lawmakers’ pork proposals

Sep 28, 2013 - 9:17 AM

Congressmen submit on September 27 their proposed infrastructure projects A committee will decide during the two week break which of them get into the DPWH budget

Aquino approves 42 infrastructure projects worth P439-B in 2012

Jan 03, 2013 - 1:56 PM

The Aquino administration approves funds and cost increases for 42 big ticket infrastructure projects amounting to P439 15 billion in 2012

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III during an interview with Rappler, October 17, 2012.

14 airports to have night operations soon - DBM

Dec 09, 2012 - 6:11 PM

The national government is investing close to P1 billion for a public private partnership project that will enable 14 airports to accommodate flights at night

Cavite-Laguna toll road among priority PPP projects in 2013

Oct 31, 2012 - 3:50 PM

The US 1 01 billion 4 lane and 47 02 km Cavite Laguna Expressway CALAX road project running through Cavite and Laguna provinces is among the priority infrastructure projects the Aquino administration will push in 2013

Aquino: infra key to sustained growth

Oct 18, 2012 - 3:39 PM

President Aquino says he wants to inaugurate and drive on the NLEx SLEx Connector Road while he is still president

ADB to extend $1.72-B to PH for dev't projects

Oct 11, 2012 - 4:17 PM

The bank will extend 1 72 billion worth of loans for development projects in the Philippines from 2013 to 2015

Why beating PH's 2012 growth target may not be feasible

Oct 03, 2012 - 8:27 PM

Even if the government achieves its programmed deficit spending it will not exceed its growth assumption this year the Asian Development Bank says

ADB open to extending more funds for PPPs

Oct 03, 2012 - 5:50 PM

Manila based Asian Development Bank is open to increasing its assistance for the Philippines s PPP initiative

Elections to boost 2012, 2013 Philippine economy - Abad

Oct 01, 2012 - 5:46 PM

Election and holiday spending could provide a major boost to the economy allowing the government to exceed its growth targets in 2012 and 2013

Brace for more traffic in 2013

Sep 26, 2012 - 4:38 PM

With more infrastructure projects slated for construction next year traffic is bound to get worse in Metro Manila