Aquino approves P147-B infra projects


President Benigno Aquino III on Friday approved five big-ticket infrastructure projects that will cost a whopping P146.9 billion.

Two of the projects are designed to decongest traffic and cut travel time in the National Capital Region and outlying provinces.

The infrastructure projects will be funded through a combination of official development assistance (ODA) loans and government equity.

Most of these projects will be implemented from 2013 to 2018 and will not be completed until after Mr. Aquino’s term ends in 2016.

“All these projects are meant to promote inclusive and rapid growth,” Ricky Carandang, head of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office, told reporters following a Palace meeting of the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) board, which approved the projects. The President chairs the Neda board.

The biggest of these projects are the Cavite-Laguna Expressway, or Calax (P35.57 billion), and the North Luzon Expressway-South Luzon Expressway (NLEx-SLEx) connector road project (P25.55 billion).

The latter two are on the Aquino administration’s priority public-private partnership (PPP) list. The NLEx-SLEx connector road project was an unsolicited proposal from the Metro Pacific Investments Corp. that was approved and awarded last December.

Three rural infrastructure projects are: the construction of water impounding facilities, or Pasa Small Reservoir Irrigation Project in Isabela City (P1.29 billion); phase 2 of the Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resources Management Project (P2.94 billion); and the continuation of Kalahi-CIDSS National Community Driven Development Project (P89.1 billion).

Kalahi-CIDSS, which stands for Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan–Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Service, is a community-driven development project being implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

It is widely viewed as an anti-insurgency program since it is aimed at providing comprehensive livelihood and social services to the countryside.

According to the DSWD, the program trains communities and their local government units “to choose, design and implement subprojects that address their most pressing needs.”

The program is assured of funding until 2018.

On the Calax, a four-lane, 47.02-km highway, Carandang said the total cost of the project was brought down to P35.5 billion, from P43.4 billion, due to “minor revisions in the scope.”

“Little tweaks to specifications of the projects resulted in savings,” he said.

Target date of completion is 2017.

The NLEx-SLEx connector road will be a 13.4-km, four-lane, mostly elevated expressway that will be constructed over the existing Philippine National Railway right of way. When completed in 2016, it will run from Caloocan City to Buendia in Makati City.

Among the PPP programs presented to investors in 2010, the Aquino administration has already awarded to Ayala Corp. the P1.956-billion Daanghari-Southern Luzon Expressway Link Road, the first PPP project of the Aquino administration to be awarded, and two school building contracts awarded to BF Corp. and  Citicore-Megawide consortium for a combined cost of P16.5 billion.

Carandang said the water impounding facility project in Isabela would address climate change.

“The benefit of this is it will prevent flooding and reroute water for greater irrigation [of agricultural lands],” resulting in higher crop yields, he said.

Of the P1.029-billion cost for the Isabela project, P935 million will come from ODA while P93 million will be shouldered by the local government. It will be finished in 2016.

The Cordillera project was started in 2009. Phase 2 will start this year until completion in 2015.

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  • Carlos_Iho

    While most of these projects are in NCR, how can these “promote inclusive and rapid growth?”  What about the provinces where the current status of infrastructure are way behind that of NCR and nearby provinces?

  • superpilipinas

    Wala pa tayong FOI kaya walang makakaalam kung gaano karami ang mananakaw at sino ang magnanakaw sa perang yan.

  • Ben

    With this note. How can these road systems be able to prevent climate change destructions yearly? It`s good that we have these road systems to help develop, expand capacity and modernize our infrastructures with the economy in mind, but make sure the roads are higher than usual according to science predictions by 2100 world seas will be expanding 4 feet high. With these in mind, we should make sure to build two infrastructures into one with a height of more than 7 feet. Now is the time to prepare for the future climate realities while we are trying to expand more our economy. Build clustered roads dikes that acts as armored road dikes, capable of weathering earthquake, and intense wet weather protecting Filipinos and trillions of properties. In case the first line road dike defense collapses a paralleled road dike maybe  kilometer away serves as a second buffer for flood surges or calamitous cascading of flood water from dams, tsunami, or just weeks of raining. I think urban planning should take into account the reality of climate change and clustering roads dikes parallel to each other to serve as defenses against catastrophic floodings and destructions will help yearly flood destructions and quite a number of loss of lives a thing of the past.

  • MaR A

    How do you decongest and decentralize NCR? It’s sucking all the needed funds for national development. 7,107 islands need (badly) these funds. The Pie is being consumed piece by piece all the way, until it reaches the place of implementation and usage, none is left.

    Can’t wait to see what becomes of these infrastructure projects in a few years or even more.

  • ave

    madami na nman madurugas nito

  • RONNIE858

    Just wish na sana lahat ng mga projects na gagawin ay maging matagumpay. Lets give them a break. Huwag tayong manghusga kung saan mapupunta ang funds. Different people in different times, lets see what they can do.

    • Carlos_Iho

      Magtagumpay dapat ang projects sa dalawang bagay: matatapos ba ang mga to at mapapakinabangan ba ng mga mamamayan ng higit pa sa gagastusin para dito??

      Pero makikinabang muna ang mga kaibigang mayayamang kontratista ng mga tao dyan sa gobyerno!

  • MangDolphy

    Mukhang di kasali ang Visayas sa road projects na to. Dito kasi sa Iloilo ang mga circumferential roads leading to the Iloilo International Airport maliban sa grava at lupa, lubak-lubak pa. 

  • regd

    If our credit rating goes up and interest rates reduces by at least 1% of our debt which now stands at P13trillion, we will have 130 billion savings. And that’s a lot to spend for our infra-structure especially the one described above. Yup, we’re looking good.

  • kilawon(the return)

    kaya gusto mag secede ng  VIS/MIN sa pilipinas…. tingnan nyo namn kung saan lahat napupunta ang infra projects sa pilipinas!…..TSK …I hope CEBU would really pursue its secession from the republic of polpolnas ,this imperialist is sucking our resources big time…plus their government is a seat polpol artistas politicians and polpol people from the north!

  • etomacq

    Ipasa na ang FOI bill kung talagang seryoso si Noynoy na labanan ang korapsyon!

    Money talks. Sa laki ng pondo sa infra hindi malayong pag interesan yan ng mga gov’t officials. Para sa kanila pagkakataon na nila ito. Alam naman natin ang kalakaran sa pagkuha ng mga gov’t projects. Mga tanga at nagtatanga tangahan na lang siguro talaga ang hindi nakaka alam.

  • Halo

    No big ticket projs in visayas and mindanao?

  • Alejandro Canda

    pakitang tao ra na ni gwen nga kunohay devoted gyud siya sa sto. nino pero sa tinood gihimo nya ning excuse nga mohawa na sa capitolyo kay naka alimadmad na siya nga mora siyag boang nga nagpuyo puyo sa kapitolyo nga wala na man siyay poder. GRACEFUL EXIT kuno bwahahahaha.

  • Fulpol

    no big projects in Visayas and Mindanao, as some bloggers noticed….

    why? why big projects are in luzon only?

    that is trying to push for inclusive growth.. “inclusive” only to Luzon.. WTF!

    • bogli_anakdami

      allah eh sinong gustong mag-trabaho jan sa mindanao?… kikidnapin lang ni abusabayags…

      at ang NPA eh pasasabugin lang ang mga proyekto… kaya kayong taga south of ‘tang inang imperial manila, manigas kayo! (you harden der, sa inles)

      • bernavie eviota

        bolok! ibahin mo ang davao.. kahit mga mga kabayan mo sa bukid pati ikaw inggit na inggit! 

  • bogli_anakdami

    hay naku… malaki ang aking makukuhang bonus from my peyborit senatongs…

    tuwang-tuwa na naman ang aking ‘sang tambaks na kabit sa susunod na pasko…

  • Darrell Deramos Java

    they should have allocated budget for each province para fair

  • neilabarca

    isang libong beses (1,000 x) na ang balitang ito… 2011 pa,  paulit-ulit at  nakakasawa na….

    BUTI pa ang MONORAIL ng DOST,  tanaw na sa UP campus,  kitang-kita na UMUUSAD… may development.

    Kung ako si PNOY at mas lalong tataas ang satisfaction rating,    MONORAIL ang IDEVELOP ng administrasyon,  SARILING ATIN, ENVIRONMENT friendly,  LOCALLY made at hindi na kailangang  MANGUTANG sa mayayamang BANKO at bansa.

  • kilabot

    as usual, election propaganda; 
    neglected mindanao in anticipation of surrendering it to milf; 
    neglected visayas knowing admin candidates will lose big there; 
    try again, noykapon.

  • Platypus09

    I would rather have him do some projects, perhaps part of election propaganda, than not doing anything at all.

    We need more of these infrastructures.

  • CyberPinoy

    dapat yata amiendahan ang batas at payagan magkaron ng upto 2 terms sa opis ang presidente. Katulad sa US hanggang 2 times lang pwede tumakbo sa presidente ang isang kandidato.  Kulang ang 6-yrs para maimplement ng isang pangulo ang development.  We have a mature and tested ways of impeachments laws kaya we have nothing to fear on this provision, pag di magaling at puimalpak pwede naman maimpeach at tangalin sa pwesto.

    opinion lang po!

    • Platypus09

      Before the 1986 Constitutional Convention, it used to be two terms for President with four years each.

      But that provision was thrown out in this current constitution for fear of running into a manipulative and subsequent dictator again like Marcos, if he or she is allowed to stay in power that long for a maximum of eight years.  

      It was created out of fear.

      Thus, it was reduced to six years with ONE term only.

      In short, we cannot TRUST our future Presidents and should not be given the chance to create another dictatorial regime. Talking about trust. I wish we can trust our own people, but nowadays, that is nowhere to be found. That should not be the case. We still need to trust each other somehow in our society.

      Politicians in the past, at least prior to original EDSA People Power, had done so much HAVOC or changed the course of our lives, turned them upside down forever, not the way it was planned after we received our independence from the US.

  • Garo Ungaro

    Hope we can managed to allocate at least (80%) of the 147B to the intended projects/programs
    of the national government (20%) to the magicians…for sure this what there’re waiting for?????
    that 29.4B….

  • RHumabon

     Michael Lim Ubac, include a map next time so your article can be “visualized” by your reader. Salamat ng marami.

  • dodong1

    puro naman yata nasa papel lang wala naman nauumpisahan o natatapos..yung nga TPLEX hindi pa tapos…ang bagal talaga ng improvement sa bayan natin…

    • kismaytami

      Yan ang problema sa gobyerno, panay announce ng ganito, ganyan, pagkatapos eh hindi naman matapus-tapos ang proyekto. For example yung Daanghari-Southern Luzon Expressway Link Road, nakatiwangwang yung project na yan for 3 years already. Isa pa yung Cavitex, nag-ribbon cutting na, pero under construction pa rin.

  • Marckez

    Bakit walang nabanggit na project to prevent flooding everytime umulan ng malakas may bagyo man o wala sa mga flood prone areas at nagdudulot ng napakalaking pinsala sa buhay at ari-arian?
    Bakit walang project to address the problems on  garbage?
    Bakit walang project to relocate those people living along steros and rivers in MM, that they say is the main cause of flooding because they throw their rubbish on these rivers and steros?
    Why no project for electrification of those far flung baranggays that until now they haven’t seen the glow from an incandescent bulb?
    Every school year, the main issue is lack of class rooms for our students, why no project to build more rooms?
    Maraming dapat na maunang projects na kapakipakinabang sa mga nakakarami. Bakit uunahin ang mga projects na ang mga may  sasakyan lang ang makikinabang ng lubos?

    • my_chatmate

      yung kalsada pwede mag collect the toll fee, sa flood prevention paano mo macollect?

  • MNLFoodcritic

    The worse thing that the national government can do is pour more and more money into the national capital region when what we need is to DECONGEST the national capital. We should pour more and more money into the provinces to achieve 1) decongestion of Metro Manila 2) inclusive growth throughout the country. BUT…knowing our national government……

  • dongvee

    Grabe, not a single centavo allocated for Visayas and Mindanao? Typical myopic mindset of this administration?

  • Your_King

    Now that elections is near Aquino decides to finally do something for the PI infra. His Admin hasn’t done much for the infrastructure in Philippines since most of his focus has been on jailing, impeaching, and suspending his political oppositions. I am glad he’s approved something for infra but hopefully it’s not just for campaigning purposes.

  • divictes

    Not a single infra project for Panay, doesn’t matter, we’ll just go airborne, di ba, Mar?

  • Ai

    It was not mentioned how much from the 147B will go to corruption, red tape, patong and lagay. Should’ve been stated. 

  • Charles Lynel F. Joven

    ho-hum…more than half of the total amount’s going to be spent again in the capital, or around it…so much for us being hailed as the new “Asian Tiger”..this centralized system of governance just sucks….

  • Charles Lynel F. Joven

    as usual..everyone at the national level is plain stupid….for allocating almost everything to the NCR…

    • Andrei Mendoza

      in case you have not thought about it… 12 million populations and still growing sa NCR, you can blame the people from the provinces for that or not, tell them to stay in their provinces so businesses and infrastructure will come to them.

  • Jason Cruz

    It will a big boost to the infrastructure projects of the government and will produced thousand of jobs and savings of billion of pesos for the traffic.   Investment grade also in the future.    
    Sana Visayas and Mindanao big ticket din.

  • Jason Cruz

    Where in Cavite and Laguna expressway ?  

  • Jose

    Some of the comments on here ae a bit ridiculous.

    5 projects being approved for the NCR / surroundings don’t mean no projects are going to be approved for the rest of the country, folks.

  • PlumberfromCanada

    at a modest estimate of 10 percent kickback..this is a WHOOPING 14.6 BILLION ….this will come a long way especially for an election year….tuwad na daan…

    • Jason Cruz

      Kay gloria ang modest estimate na kickback 35 to 40% expect Pnoy and other incoming presidents which are more less corrupt than GLORIA LOLONG.

      • PlumberfromCanada

        Butch Abad ikaw ba yan??

  • hustlergalore

    pfft! before this, there was already a news article in inquirer about the infra projects that encompasses luzon, visayas, and mindanao. did you all forget about that?


  • zeroko

    Demonyo! If PNoy starts rehabilitating the EDZA, patay na tayong lahat. I am near the corner of Araneta Ave. and Quezon Avenue wherein an under pass was built. Bakit? PNoy passes on that intersection from his house going to Malacanyang. Here is the fact. When that underpass was first built, it was suppose to be completed in just 9 months! Ha ha ha. It took them almost 1 year and 3 months! O, equate that to the planned rehabilitation of EDZA. Ha ha ha. Hindi biro yan. Dyos por Santo! Ang laking project yan! With the quality of contructors we have, what will happen to the riding public? Siguro, 1 am palang, aalis ka na sa bahay mo so that you will not be late on your 8 am job. Worst, pag uwi mo, you may arrive home at 12 midnight. He he he. Di, one hour na lang ikaw sa bahay. Then again, after arriving home, you will take a bath, you will change your cloths, you will eat your midnight dinner ala breakfast, brush your teeth. Ha ha ha. May time ka paba na matulog? E, ang lagay, 1 am na. So no sleep, and back to work. Ha ha ha. 

    Mga Ateneo graduates kasi yan. Sanay sa yaya. They are better off playing a video game just like what PNoy is doing. Ha ha ha! Why don’t they get the technology of Israel or any middle east country. With just asphalt, they were able to maintain their highways. Dito, maryones! Remember the McArthu Highway going to the NOrth? O, aside from those pot halls the corrupt contructor of DPWH did of removing the asphalt and patch it again, those which escape the repairs are still very sound structurally. It is maintenance free. 

    Ang hirap, puro inefficient and corrupt ang taga DPWH. We do not need any rehabilitation of EDZA. If they add another level, that is just too much. The inconvenience does not justify it. I still remember the construction of the Asian Development Bank near Mega Mall (am I right?). It was delayed so much because all the local materials were substandard. Iron rods, cements, glass, all local materials were substandard. And it took twice the time to build it. Lugi ang foreign contractor. Never did he expect that the Chinese merchant who sells these products here in the Philippines could get away selling substandard building construction products. Ha ha ha. 

    Mga sakim talaga ang mga Chinese. All our products sold here are either fake or substandard. Bili ka ng 1 X ! lumber. He will give you a 3/4th by 3/4th. Ganyan gahaman ang mga Chinese merchant dito sa Pinas. Profiteers!.

  • zeroko

    Mga bobo itong mga taga Ateneo. Why not transfer our City to Hacienda Luisita and guarantee those tenant farmers a luxury for life. Each will receive P10,000 and everything free pati pagkain nila. Tapos give them a P2,000 increase each year. Brazil has transferred their city to Brazilia, why can’t we? The reason Marcos transferred all government establishment in Q.C. primarily to decongest Manila. Ang suwapang naman na Bistek Mayor of Q.C. gustong ibenta ang lupa ng gobyerno para i-privitize. Remember, 240 hectares of Q.C. government properties has change ownership. Paano kasi, mga bobo, puro Chinese ang nilukluk ninyo sa gobyerno. Pati ba ang Quezon Institute kung saan nakatira ang mga Filipino Children with cancer, na sacrifice para lang bigay ang government lands sa Chinese! O, ano ngayon ang ginawa ni Bistek, Mayor ng Q.C. Blitzkrieg ang dating, dala ang isang damukal na Q.C. PNP, NI RAID nila ang Seedling Bank located at the corner of EDZA and Quezon Avenue. Kung ako ang Mayor, hindi ko gagawin yan. The seedling bank is so important. That is where I buy Narra seedling for replanting in the province. That is where I buy may “Bangkok Santol” and other hybrid fruit bearing trees. Ba, dahil lang binigyan ng kapangyarihan itong si Bulilit, pinatawan ng Real Estate Tax ang lugar. He may be legally right but morally wrong. Former President Marcos declares that the place is tax free. Bakit suapang itong Mayor? Di lang yan, ganoon din ang ginawa niya sa Kidney Institute and Transplant Center. Hindi alam ng management, pinagbili na pala sa SM. Hayop! 

    I wrote him a letter, he he he, in his own website in the facebook, and told him, if you are that greedy, why not sequester the Batasan complex of our Congressmen because they too does not pay Real Estate Tax. Why not sequester also Q.C. Hall because I strongly believe that it too is not paying Real Estate Tax? Tapos, privatize mo! Benta mo sa kapua mong Chinese. Ha ha ha!

    The cheapest way to build an ideal city is to start anew. Very expensive ang gagawin ni PNoy. Hay naku! Mga bobo!

    In Bangkok, they have solve their problem on squatters. Their government built so many tenements for the marginalize poor so that they will vacate their houses close to the highway. O, ang gandang tignan. Dito, mga bobo! The privitize government lands and figuratively speaking throw the squatters to the far flung places like San Mateo. Paano ang pagaaral ng mga anak, paano ang hanapbuhay? Bangkok tenements are high rise, almost 15th story high. And it was the government who spent for it. Dito sa atin, kinukurakot ng mga Senators and Congressmen, ang mga Supreme Court judges, and all government corporations. Kung hindi nila nagastos ang budget nila, bakit ibubulsa nila. Instead, it is just morally right that they return the unspent money after the years end back to the national treasury so that it can be use for other essential projects like providing tenements to the poor.

    Dito hindi. The entire government will propose a big budget higher than their expected expenses so that at the years end, paghahatian na lang nila ito. And this is the reason why Bistek, Mayor of Q.C. proposes a higher budget so that at years end, may malaking bonus siya at mga Q.C. Councilors niya in form of bonus. Millions of Bonus to each councilors. What more for Bistek as Mayor! Ha ha ha! It’s more fun in the Philippines!

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