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--- Quote from: adroth on February 21, 2018, 01:36:47 PM ---Duterte gov't tops GDP allocation for infra
By Juzel Danganan  February 20, 2018, 8:45 pm


MANILA -- The Philippine government under President Rodrigo Duterte has allocated a bigger portion of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for infrastructure spending, compared with the average of the past six administrations in the last 50 years.

"We are pouring in 5.4 percent in comparison to just 2.6 percent of the average of the past six administrations in the last 50 years," said Build, Build, Build team chairperson Anna Mae You Lamentillo during the National Information Convention (NIC) in Davao City on Monday.

Lamentillo said the administration would spend PHP8.4 trillion in infrastructure in its six-year term, and this would be financed 80 percent by local borrowings.

In his 10-point socioeconomic agenda, Duterte aims to reduce Philippine poverty from 21.6 percent in 2015 to 13-15 percent by 2022.

Lamentilla said financing the speedy establishment of infrastructure and development of industries that would ease up the people's lives and boost economic growth is one of the big changes the government is making.

Among the life-changing infrastructure projects the administration hopes to make real is the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3, which is aimed at decongesting EDSA traffic, especially on rush hours.

The Build, Build, Build Portal lists down high impact projects envisioned to raise the economy's productive capacity by creating jobs, increasing incomes, and strengthen the investment climate leading to sustained inclusive growth.

"It is a real-time tool where projects are monitored and tracked, with relevant information made available to everyone," Lamentillo said of the Build, Build, Build portal, where private contractors could see government projects they might be interested in joining.

Other infrastructure projects underway are the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway Project, which will decongest the McArthur Highway; the Central Luzon Link Expressway Phase 1, which will connect Tarlac to Cabanatuan; the Central Luzon Link Expressway Phase 2, which will connect San Jose to Nueva Ecjia; the Plaridel Bypass Road Project Phase 1, which will accommodate travelers heading to Balagtas, Guiguinto, Plaridel, Bustos, and San Rafael, Bulacan; the North Luzon East Expressway, which will allow a scenic view of North East Luzon;

The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Harbor Link Segment 10, which will allow for faster travel through Radial Road 10, Mindanao Ave., and Commonwealth Ave.; the NLEX and South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) link, which will reduce travel time from Clark to Calamba; the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Expressway Phase 2, which will provide access to NAIA Terminal 1, 2 and 3 including Skyway and Cavitex; the

Runway Manila, which will allow easy access to Manila's top hotels; the Southeast Metro Manila C6 Phase, which will connect Skyway Stage 1 at FTI to C5 towards Laguna de Bay; the Cavite-Laguna Expressway, which will connect CAVITEX and the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) Mamplasan Interchange;

The Quezon-Bicol Expressway, which allows safer travel instead of using winding roads; Camarines Sur Expressway, which will serve as an alternative route to Naga City and Pili; and the SLEX Toll Road 4, which will allow easy access to Laguna, Batangas, Quezon, and the Bicol Region.

Department of Budget and Management Secretary Benjamin Diokno earlier said infrastructure spending would rise from 5.3 percent of GDP in 2017 to 7.4 percent of GDP in 2022.

Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III also said earlier the Build, Build, Build program would generate more than 12 million jobs over the next five years.

Bello pointed out most of the new jobs will be in the field of manufacturing and construction, including carpenters, welders, plumbers, and electricians.

The Build, Build, Build campaign also includes projects, such as the Mega Manila Subway, Mindanao Railway, and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority Smart City Solutions.

The program targets to address challenges in employment, traffic, and inflation.

The projects are targeted to be completed from 2017-2022. (PNA)

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16 inter-island bridges in PH being studied
Published July 6, 2018, 6:34 PM

By Betheena Kae Unite


A series of inter-island bridge projects that aim to connect Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao through long-span bridges are being mulled, Public Works and Highways Chief Mark Villar bared Friday.

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar ( Juan Carlo de Vela / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar

A total of 16 short and long-span bridges starting from Bataan in Luzon to Tawi-Tawi in Mindanao are being studied under the Build Build Build program, Villar said as he spoke at the Pre-SONA 2018 Forum held in Pasay City.

The proposed bridges include Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge (28 kilometers), Mindoro-Batangas Super Bridge (15 kilometers), Camarines-Catanduanes Friendship Bridge (10.7 kilometers), Luzon (Sorsogon)-Samar Link Bridge (18.2 kilometers), Panay-Guimaras-Negros Link Bridge (19.2 kilometers), 4th Mandaue-Mactan Bridge (0.42 kilometer), Cebu-Bohol Link Bridge (24.5 kilometers), Bohol-Leyte Link Bridge (22 kilometers), Leyte-Surigao Link Bridge (23 kilometers), Negros-Cebu Link Bridge (5.5 kilometers), Panguil Bay Bridge (3.77 kilometers), Guicam Bridge (0.44 kilometer), Davao-Samal Bridge (4.4 kilometers), and three Tawi-tawi Bridges spanning a total of 0.78 kilometer.

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Hits and misses of Duterte’s infrastructure push
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.

Ralf Rivas
Published 8:00 AM, July 19, 2018
Updated 9:03 PM, July 22, 2018


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Can the Philippines afford it?

Depite project delays, University of Asia and the Pacific senior economist Bernardo Villegas lauded the government's spending spree.

He said the Duterte administration is "light-years" ahead compared to the past governments in terms of implementation of an infrastructure program.

But can the Philippines really afford them all?

During the deliberations on the first package of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) Law, senators estimated that around 80% of the funds for the BBB would come from loans. Less than 20% would come from revenues generated under the Train Law.

So where will most of this cash come from? China.

Duterte said he needs China “more than anybody else at this time" for the infrastructure push.

However, critics repeatedly warned that loans sought from Beijing could saddle the country with heavy debts. Loans from China generally have heftier interests of around 2% to 3%, as compared to Japan with only 0.75%.

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Pernia assured the public that the government is “extra careful” in dealing with China.

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‘Build, Build, Build’ boon to Davao region’s growth: NEDA-11
By Lilian Mellejor  August 31, 2018, 6:23 pm


DAVAO CITY – The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA)-11 is bullish the Davao region’s economy would flourish further in the coming years with the Build, Build, Build Program under President Rodrigo Duterte's administration.

During Friday's Kapihan sa PIA, NEDA-Director Ma. Lourdes Lim said NEDA expects a higher Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) from 2017’s 10.9 percent as Build, Build, Build kicks in and create more jobs in the Davao Region.

Lim said the infrastructure spending will transform the economy leading to lower prices of commodities, as transportation facilities become more efficient, including road networks.

She noted that of the 75 flagship projects for the country, 17 are in Mindanao.

Of the 17, four are in Davao region – the Davao Airport Development Operations Maintenance project, the Mindanao Railway project (Tagum-Davao-Digos segment), Davao City Expressway project, and the Asbang Small Reservoir Irrigation Project.

Lim said the Davao Region has been allocated PHP6.65 billion for projects under the Department of Transportation, PHP56 billion for projects under the Department of Public Works and Highways, and PHP370 million under the Department of Energy.

Based on the 2017 Philippine Institute for Development Studies and the 2018 National Budget, Lim said infrastructure spending in the second year of the Duterte administration resulted in 6.3 GDP. In the first year of the Duterte administration, infrastructure spending resulted in 5.4 GDP.

The GDP in the first two years of the Duterte administration was higher compared to the 2.9 GDP of the six years of the administration of President Benigno Aquino III.

Lim said that from 5.4 percent GDP in 2017, the government aims to achieve about 7.3 percent GDP by 2022. (Lilian C. Mellejor/PNA)


--- Quote from: adroth on October 24, 2019, 01:02:35 AM ---Gov’t reviews viability of infra plan
By: Ben O. de Vera - Reporter / @bendeveraINQPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 04:09 AM October 01, 2019

The Duterte administration is reviewing the viability of its ambitious “Build, Build, Build” program, with the possibility of including in the pipeline emerging big-ticket projects to be rolled out by the private sector as the government wanted to start and finish as many infrastructure as possible before the President steps down in 2022.

“We’re reviewing the list and may make changes,” Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia told the Inquirer Monday.

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The Duterte administration had been shunning the PPP mode as its economic team had said the process from project approval to rollout had been slow during the previous administration of President Benigno Aquino III, wherein only 10 projects were implemented during its six years in office despite a promise to roll out 10 each year.

Duterte’s economic managers were instead pushing for a “hybrid” PPP model wherein the government rolled out the projects and later bid out operations and maintenance (O&M) contracts to the private sector.

Officials told the Inquirer that slow-moving projects might be removed from the list, while huge PPP projects that were recently approved by the government but not yet part of the Build, Build, Build pipeline could be included.

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At this pace, 21 projects worth P187.6 billion out of the 75 flagship projects worth a total of at least P2.4 trillion will be finished in 2022 or the year President Duterte steps down, the latest Neda status report on the progress of Build, Build, Build showed.

“The remaining 54 projects will be completed beyond 2022, but may commence implementation during the current administration,” it noted.

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