The NEDA Board Investment Coordination Committee – Cabinet Committee (ICC-CabCom) approved on July 27 improvements amounting to PhP13.5 billion for three regional projects, further strengthening the government’s commitment to regional growth.
Changes in scope and cost were discussed for the Davao City Bypass Construction Project; Panguil Bay Bridge Project; and Flood Risk Management Project in Cagayan River, Tagoloan River, and Imus River.
Of the regions involved, three (Regions XI, II, CALABARZON) posted Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) growth rates last year of 10.9 percent, 7.2 percent, 6.7 percent, respectively. These are higher than the National Capital Region’s 6.1 percent.
The said regions aim to achieve GRDP growth rates of 10.5 to 11.5 (Region XI), 6.5 to 7.5 (Region II), and 6.0 to 7.3 (CALABARZON) by 2022.
“The ICC and the whole of government is steadfast in sustaining these regions’ growth momentum. These improvements in the projects reflect this commitment,” said Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia, Co-Chair of the ICC.
Secretary Pernia added that regional projects provide interconnectivity and facilitate exchange of goods and services, besides movement of people. The Panguil Bay Bridge Project specifically will boost growth in Regions IX, X, and XII.
Meanwhile, the ICC urged the Department of Transportation to fast-track the implementation of the Cebu Bus Rapid Transit (CBRT), which forms part of the Metro Cebu Intermodal and Integrated Transport System (MCIITS), to achieve interoperability by June 2021.
The MCIITS, which will include the CBRT, a skytrain project, intelligent transport systems, light rail transit, and a greenways project, among others, encompasses the package of solutions to address congestion and transport problems in Metro Cebu.
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- Change in Scope and Cost of the Davao City Bypass Construction
Department of Public Works and HighwaysThis bypass road, divided into three sections (South, Center, and North), has a total length of 45.2 kilometers.The scope of the project changed from a two-lane road and main tunnel, two-stage implementation scheme, to a four-lane road and main tunnel, single-stage implementation scheme.The change in cost from PhP 16.8 billion to PhP 25.8 billion covers the changes in scope, foreign exchange rate, cost of civil works and consulting services.
- Change in Scope and Increase in Cost of the Panguil Bay Bridge
Department of Public Works and HighwaysThe change in scope covers the following: total length of the Main Bridge, Approach Bridges, and Approach Roads from 3,476 meters to 3,772.54 meters; width of Main Bridge from 14.5 to 15.5 meters, pile length from 33-44 meters to 65-90 meters; borehole diameter from 1.5 meters to 2.5 meters, inclusion of appropriate seismic design to ensure structural safety of the bridge; and additional temporary facilities for construction such as docking lot, casting site, crane ways, and ancillary facilities for the bridge.The change in cost from PhP 4.9 billion to PhP 7.4 billion covers the actual expenses for Right-of-Way acquisition carried out by the Misamis Occidental and Lanao del Norte District Engineering Offices, excluding service charge.
- Increase in Cost of the Flood Risk Management Project in Cagayan River, Tagoloan River, and Imus River
Department of Public Works and Highways
This covers the increase of total project cost from PhP 5.6 billion to PhP 7.5 billion. The cost increase is due to inclusion of new work items; and increases in costs of land acquisition, construction materials, consultancy services, and administration.