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DoTr rejects call to drop ‘high-risk’ infra projects
« on: July 28, 2020, 04:37:16 AM »
DoTr rejects call to drop ‘high-risk’ infra projects
July 22, 2020 | 12:31 am

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) on Tuesday said it will continue to pursue massive infrastructure projects such as airports and railways, even as some economists warned these are at “high risk” of becoming non-viable due to the pandemic.

“The COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic highlighted the amplified detrimental effect of the decades-long backlog in our nation’s transport infrastructure, and the critical importance for the DoTr to step-up its implementation, and not to fall back to the delays and excuses of the past, as apparently being recommended by the unvetted paper,” the department said in a statement sent to BusinessWorld on Tuesday.

Among the major projects being pursued by the DoTr are the Mindanao Railway Phase 1, Metro Manila Subway Phase 1, rehabilitation of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), and new airports in Bulacan and Cavite.

The DoTr’s comments were made in response to a working paper, “Overhauling Land Transportation in the New Normal and Beyond,” by Jedd Carlo F. Ugay, Monica Paula Lavares, Jerome Patrick D.R. Cruz, and Marjorie S. Muyrong of the Ateneo Center for Economic Research and Development.

The paper said the ongoing crisis compels a “rethink” of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s “Build, Build, Build” (BBB) program, noting the infrastructure program should be modified to “expand budgetary space for the government’s health and social amelioration efforts.”

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