January 2, 2020
The National Economic and Development Authority Board’s Investment Coordination Committee-Cabinet Committee (ICC-CabCom) recommended 12 projects amounting to PhP557.44 billion (excluding the amount for the unsolicited proposals) for NEDA Board approval.
“The approval of these projects is a pivotal step in fulfilling our thrust of fostering growth centers in the regions and expanding access to development opportunities throughout the country,” said Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia. “These are in line with the National Spatial Strategy to make cities like Metro Manila efficient and to improve connectivity between areas,” he added.
These include three new projects of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), seven infrastructure projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), two projects of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).
The DOTr-implemented projects include the MRT 4 Project; EDSA Greenways Project; and the Maritime Safety Enhancement Program (MSEP).
The ICC-CabCom likewise approved the following infrastructure projects of the DPWH:
1) Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge Project;
2) Cebu-Mactan Bridge (4th Bridge) and Coastal Road Construction Project (New Mactan Bridge Construction Project);
3) Davao City Coastal Bypass Road including Bucana Bridge Project;
4) Capas-Botolan Road Project; and
5) Panay-Guimaras-Negros Island Bridges Project.
In addition, the ICC-CabCom approved the changes in scope and cost of the ongoing Davao City Bypass Construction Project, which is assisted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, and the extension of the loan validity and implementation period, and increase in cost of the Samar Pacific Coastal Road Project being implemented with loan financing from the Korean Export-Import Bank – Economic Development Cooperation Facility.
Lastly, the ICC-CabCom also approved the Unsolicited Proposals for the Davao International Airport and for the Laguindingan Airport of the CAAP.
The ICC-CabCom meeting was held on December 20, 2019.
ANNEX: Details of the approved projects by the Investment Coordination Committee – Cabinet Committee (ICC-CabCom) on December 20, 2019 (excluding unsolicited proposals)
- 1. MRT 4 Project – Department of Transportation [PhP49.84 billion | Official Development Assistance (ODA)]
The Line 4 Project or MRT 4 Project is a 15.56-kilometer elevated monorail transit system beginning at the proposed N. Domingo Station near Granada Street corner N. Domingo in Quezon City, and ending at the proposed Taytay Diversion Road (R-5) – Manila East Road rotunda in Taytay, Rizal.
It will run along Ortigas Avenue, Ortigas Avenue Extension, and Taytay Diversion Road, except for a segment between the proposed Meralco and Rosario Stations where the alignment will detour at Frontera Drive, Las Fiestas Road, then C-5 Avenue before returning to Ortigas Avenue Extension.
The project aims to help reduce travel time to improve mobility and accessibility between Metro Manila and Rizal Province.
- EDSA Greenways Project – Department of Transportation (PhP8.51 billion | ODA)
The project is an enhancement of pedestrian facilities around key rail stations along EDSA including, but not limited to, covered, elevated walkways leading to and from the rail stations and nearby land uses.
It intends to enhance pedestrian mobility and access around key rail stations along EDSA and provide safe, secure, efficient, and environment friendly mobility in public spaces available 24/7.
Phase 1 of the project covers new footbridges in Balintawak, Cubao, Guadalupe and Taft stations with a total of footbridge network of 5.0 kilometer, including replacement of 0.9 kilometer of existing footbridges.
- Maritime Safety Enhancement Program – Department of Transportation-Philippine Coast Guard (PhP 6.25 billion | ODA)
The project involves the construction of two buoy bases, acquisition of two buoy tenders, production and maintenance of Aids to Navigation (AtoN), repair of equipment and materials and consulting services.
It involves the construction of infrastructure to produce and maintain a stable supply of AtoN that will comply with international standards. The program will reinforce the capacity of government personnel for sustainable maritime transportation safety operations through systematic training and operation system development.
The program, which will be implemented over a period of four years, is intended to improve reliability and ensure sustainable maritime transportation safety in the Philippines.
- Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge (BCIB) Project – Department of Public Works and Highways (PhP175.7 billion | ODA)
1. The project involves the construction of a 32.15 kilometer, four-lane (2 lanes each direction)bridge starting from Barangay Alas-asin in Mariveles, Bataan, crossing Manila Bay and ending in Barangay Timalan, Naic, Cavite.
It also involves the construction of two navigation bridges, interchanges, land viaducts, turnaround facilities, special span bridge near Cavite coast, toll plaza and administration building, as well as the improvement of local existing junctions.
The project will be implemented over a period of six years.
- Cebu-Mactan Bridge (4thBridge) and Coastal Road Construction Project (New Mactan Bridge Construction Project) – Department of Public Works and Highways (PhP76.41 billion | ODA)
The project involves the construction of a 3.3 km bridge with an elevated viaduct of 3.385 kilometer, with two lanes in each direction. It also includes the construction of a 4.9 kilometer four-lane coastal road with a 4.751-km elevated viaduct.
Interchanges will also be constructed at the linkage between the two projects in Mandaue City.
- Davao City Coastal Bypass Road with Bucana Bridge Project – Department of Public Works and Highways (PhP28.26 billion | GAA/ODA)
The project involves the construction of an 18.21-kilometer road with four lanes facility, with a speed limit of 50 kph, from Bago Aplaya to R. Castillo.
It is composed of four segments: Bago Aplaya – Times Beach; Times Beach – Roxas Avenue; Roxas Avenue – Sta. Ana Wharf; and Sta. Ana Wharf – R. Castillo.
The project aims to serve as an alternate route to the Davao-Cotabato Road and ABS-CBN Diversion Road to ease traffic congestion along busy intersections and the Central Business District. It is also intended to disperse urbanization outside the Davao City Urban Center.
- Capas-Botolan Road Project – Department of Public Works and Highways (PhP5.89 billion | ODA)
The project involves the construction/opening of a 35.64-kilometer road, including eight bridges with a cumulative total length of 1,612.82 linear meters between Capas and Botolan.
The project aims to provide an effective and efficient transport facility that will reduce travel time and cost from Capas to Botolan and other neighbor towns and provinces, as well as serve as an access road to New Clark City.
Specifically, the project will directly link the provinces of Tarlac and Zambales and reduce travel time to about 1 hour and 22 minutes from an estimated 4 hours (using the Pangasinan route in the North) or 2 hours and 40 minutes (using the MacArthur Highway and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway).
The project will be implemented over a period of five years from 2020-2024 and operation will be from 2025 onwards.
- Panay-Guimaras-Negros (PGN) Island Bridges Project – Department of Public Works and Highways (PhP189.53 billion | ODA)
The project involves the construction of a 32.47-kilometer, four-lane, two-sea-crossing bridges, including connecting roads and interchanges, that will connect the islands of Panay, Guimaras and Negros.
The project intends to provide a safer, faster, and more convenient transportation linkage between Panay, Guimaras and Negros through a connected land passageway. It is seen to improve the highway trunk networks thus allowing the flow of people, goods and services between the three islands.
- Davao City Bypass Construction Project (DCBCP) 2ndChange in Scope and Cost and Supplemental Loan) – Department of Public Works and Highways
The DCBCP was initially approved by the NEDA Board via ad referendum on 28 May 2015, and then underwent a change in scope and cost based on initial findings during its Detailed Engineering Design (DED). The first change in scope and cost of the project was also approved via ad referendum on 20 October 2018.
As to the change in scope, following the apportioning of Package I of the project into three (3) sub-packages, the DPWH proposed to divide Package II into three (3) sub-packages. The proposed project is 300 meters longer based on the findings of the DED for Package I and Package II.
The revised project scope then translates to a total project cost of PhP42.84 billion, which is 65.73 percent or PhP16.99 billion higher than the 2018 NEDA Board-approved project cost.
- Samar-Pacific Coastal Road Project – Loan Validity and Implementation Extension and Increase in Cost – Department of Public Works and Highways (PhP2.45 billion)
The Committee approved the 24-month loan validity extension from January 18, 2020 to January 17, 2022 of the Samar Pacific Coastal Road Project (SPCRP), including the 18-month implementation period extension of the project from January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.
Moreover, the Committee also approved the nine (9) percent increase in total project cost from PhP1.03 billion to PhP1.13 billion.
The project involves the construction of 11.30 kilometers of the unpaved section of the Samar Pacific Coastal Road. It also includes the construction of three bridges with a total length of 261 linear meters.