MANILA –The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board, chaired by President Benigno S. Aquino III, approved five new infrastructure projects in its meeting on September 4, 2015.
These projects are the construction of a new Passenger Terminal Building for the Clark International Airport (CIA), the development of the Naga Airport, the construction and design of Light Rail Transit (LRT) Lines 6 and 4, and the Access to Sustainable Energy Program.
The Department of Transportation and Communications’ (DOTC) CIA New Passenger Terminal Building Project is among the recommended medium and long-term projects under the Mega Manila Transport Roadmap. It will involve the construction of a new Passenger Terminal Building, which will accommodate approximately 3 million passengers annually, as well as the installation of supplementary equipment, machinery, and facilities that will support the operations of the building. The project has an estimated cost of PhP15.35 billion and will be locally-financed.
Meanwhile, the DOTC’s Naga Airport Development Project involves the reorientation of the runway and construction of new landside and airside facilities. It also involves the construction of a new airport in the same location as the existing Naga Airport, and will provide engineering solutions to its present limitations. The project will be locally-financed and has an estimated cost of PhP3.53 billion.
Furthermore, the NEDA Board approved DOTC’s two new LRT lines.
The LRT Line 6 is a 19.0-kilometer rail project that will connect Niyog, Bacoor and Dasmarinas City in Cavite, and has an estimated cost ofPhP64.71 billion. The LRT line will traverse seven stations: Niyog, Imus, Tirona, Daang Hari, Salitran, Congressional Avenue and Governor’s Drive.
The LRT Line 4 will also involve the financing, design, construction, operations and maintenance of an 11-kilometer rail that will run west from SM City Taytay to the intersection of Ortigas Avenue and EDSA. It has an estimated project cost of PhP42.9 billion.
LRT Lines 6 and 4cover the provision of railway infrastructure, stations, depots, rolling stock, signaling, electrification and communication, automated fare collection system, and other necessary equipment. Both are Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects.
Another approved project is the Access to Sustainable Energy Program of the Department of Energy, which will provide at least 100,000 Filipino households with access to electricity and energy services through a grant assistance for solar home systems and rural power generation facilities. It has an estimated project cost of PhP4.89 billion and will be financed through Official Development Assistance.