Before the end of 2022, the Philippine government plans to complete another 29 out of infrastructure flagship projects. This is according to presidential adviser on flagship programs and projects Vince Dizon, who’s also president and chief executive officer of the BCDA (Bases Conversion and Development Authority. The 28 other projects currently in the pipeline will be turned over to the next administration.
The projects include: General Santos Airport, Bicol International Airport Development Project (New Legazpi), Unified Grand Central Station, LTO Central Command Center, Road Transport Information Technology Infrastructure Project Phase I (LTO IT), Motor Vehicle Recognition and Enhancement System, Surallah-T’Boli-San Jose Road, South Cotabato, Reconstruction and Development Plan for Greater Marawi (JICA grant), Samar Pacific Coastal Road Project, National Irrigation Sector Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (NISRIP), Malitubog-Maridagao Irrigation Project, Flood Risk Management Project (FRIMP) in Cagayan, Tagoloan and Imus Rivers.
Since the term of the Duterte administration ends next year with May 2022 elections, Dizon hopes the new leadership continues the projects begun. From 2017 to 2019, under the administration, the infrastructure spending of the government rose to nearly P1 trillion. That accounts for around 6% of gross domestic product (GDP), a leap from the 1.6% P100 billion from 2001 to 2010.
Amongst the 11 completed projects are the Luzon Bypass Infrastructure project of the Department of Information and Communications Technology, and the BCDA. Another one is the first phase of New Clark City. There are currently 51 ongoing projects which will see completion in 2023 and beyond.
The projects fall under the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” program. It’s a development plan for infrastructure that has thousands of projects country-wide.
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