November 4, 2016 — The Duterte administration is intent on ushering the nation into a “Golden Age of Infrastructure” as it plans to spend about P8 trillion for roads, bridges, and transportation systems in the next five years.
“Our battle cry is build, build, build,” Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said during a media briefing on the Duterte administration’s Infrastructure Plan yesterday.
(Click on the gallery above to see the presentation made during the press conference.)
The P8-trillion budget is more than double the infrastructure expenditure of past administrations, Andanar added.
To realize this, the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Transportation (DOTr), and the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) have coordinated to build more bridges and roads, railways, urban mass transport, and airports and seaports.
In the pipeline are bridges and roads, which include the Santa Monica-Lawton-BGC Link Bridge, UP-Miriam-Ateneo Viaduct, NLEX-SLEX Connector Road, and the Manila-Clark Railway.
Outside the National Capital Region, the Iloilo-Guimaras-Negros-Cebu Link Bridge and the Davao City Bypass are in the works.
All these are seen to decrease travel time and ease the transport of goods and services.
The government also aims to relieve Metro Manila of traffic congestion and over-population and bring economic development to rural communities.
Construction of more railways such as the Mindanao Railway, urban mass transport like the Metro Manila Bus Rapid Train System, and regional airport and roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) ports development form part of the big-ticket infrastructure program.
A new terminal building at Clark International Airport and a cargo railway to connect Subic and Clark will be constructed as part of the plan to decongest the metropolis.
Andanar said the government is “working 24/7” to reach these goals in infrastructure.