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DPWH braces for La Niña, aims to fund more flood control projects


The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will scale up its infrastructure spending for flood control projects to respond to La Niña, the agency’s chair said Wednesday.


At a Senate hearing on the proposed 2021 DPWH budget, Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said they had mapped out measures to mitigate the impact of the weather phenomenon, which is linked to destructive flooding due to increased rainfall.


For 2021, the agency is proposing a budget of P667.32 billion, 15 percent higher than its 2020 allocation of P581.67 billion. Of the total, some P638.36 billion is allocated for infrastructure projects.


The agency has earmarked P84.38 billion for the construction, maintenance and rehabilitation of flood mitigation structures, drainage systems and other facilities within major river basins and principal rivers.


For Metro Manila, the DPWH has crafted a comprehensive master plan for 11 flood control projects, which include the Pasig-Marikina River Improvement and Dam Construction, Villar said.


The agency also has master plans for major river basins in the country, such as the ones in Cagayan, Pampanga and Panay, he added.


In early October, weather forecasters warned that more rains would be expected in the coming months due to the onset of La Niña.

P19-B Cebu-Cordova link halfway complete

The 8.5-kilometer Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) project that will connect the main Cebu City industrial area to Mactan Island via the municipality of Cordova is already 50 percent complete.


Under construction through joint venture by Spanish company AccionaConstruccion S. A. and Filipino companies First Balfour, and D. M. Consunji Inc., the landmark project worth P19 billion will have two lanes in each direction and will feature the main twin cable-stayed bridge, viaduct approach bridges, a causeway, and toll facilities.


The expressway project link is expected to serve at least 40,000 vehicles daily and is seen to help decongest the traffic in the two existing bridges between Mactan and Cebu.


The project started in 2018 and targeted for completion by 2021

ATN to supply materials for North-South railway


ATN Holdings Inc. is fully committed to the government’s Build Build Build program after winning the contract to supply rock aggregates for the first phase of the 148-kilometer North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) project.

ATN Holdings chairman and chief executive Arsenio Ng said “We share the government’s to prioritize infrastructure as the centerpiece of our economic recovery and massive job creation stimulus amidst the COVID-19 pandemic
The North–South Commuter Railway (NSCR), also known as the Clark–Calamba Railway, is a 148 km urban rail transit line being constructed in Luzon. It will run from New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac to Calamba, Laguna with 36 stations, with historic stations to be restored.


The project’s construction is divided into three phases with the NSCR North being separated between the 38 km NSCR North 1 commuter line between Tutuban and Malolos, and the 53 kilometers NSCR North 2 regional line from Malolos to New Clark City. It will also be linked to existing and future railway lines such as Line 8, Line 9, the Calamba–Bicol South Main Line and Calamba–Batangas City Railway.


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