January 29, 2020
The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board confirmed the Investment Coordination Committee (ICC) approvals of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 4, EDSA Greenways Project, and six other new projects worth PhP547.6 billion.
“These projects are the building blocks of our people’s dreams and aspirations. As such, we intend to roll out as many as we can to ease congestion and spread growth throughout the country,” Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said.
The MRT 4 Project includes the construction of a 15.56km elevated monorail transit system from N. Domingo, Quezon City to Taytay Diversion Road – Manila East Road rotunda in Taytay, Rizal.
The EDSA Greenway Project involves the enhancement of pedestrian facilities around key rail stations along EDSA, particularly Balintawak, Guadalupe, Cubao, and Taft for the first phase of the project. It will provide safe, secure, efficient, and environment-friendly mobility in public spaces available 24/7.
Pernia said the EDSA Greenway project is in line with the National Transport Policy that gives priority to transportation projects that will provide pedestrians and bikers safe and direct access to priority destinations such as housing, education, health, and business centers as well as transport modes.
In addition, the NEDA Board confirmed the ICC approval of six other projects, namely, the Maritime Safety Enhancement Program by the Department of Transportation (DOTr), and the Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge Project, Cebu-Mactan Bridge (4th Bridge) and Coastal Road Construction Project, Davao City Coastal Bypass Road Project, Capas-Botolan Road Project, and the Panay-Guimaras-Negros (PGN) Island Bridges Project by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
The NEDA Board also approved the Change in Scope and Cost of the Davao City Bypass Construction Project; and the Extensions in Loan Validity and Implementation Period and Increase in Cost of the Samar Pacific Coastal Road Project.
Annex: NEDA Board-approved Projects
- Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) 4 Project – Department of Transportation (PhP57.07 billion | ODA)
The project aims to contribute to the reduction of travel time for improved mobility and accessibility between Metro Manila and Rizal Province. It involves a 15.56-kilometer (km) 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 Station near Taytay Diversion Road (R-5) – Manila East Road rotunda in Taytay, Rizal. It will generally 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.
- EDSA Greenways Project – Department of Transportation (PhP8.51 billion | ODA)
The project 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 in the construction of covered, elevated walkways leading to/from the rail stations and nearby land uses.
- Maritime Safety Enhancement Program – Department of Transportation-Philippine Coast Guard (PhP6.25 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.
The program is seen to produce and maintain a stable supply of AtoN that will comply with international standards and reinforce the capacity of government personnel for sustainable maritime transportation safety operations through systematic training and operation system development.
- Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge (BCIB) Project – Department of Public Works and Highways (PhP175.7 billion | ODA)
The project will help cut down travel time and ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila as well as South Luzon and North Luzon gateway through the construction of a 32.15-km, four-lane (two lanes each direction) bridge starting from Barangay Alas-asin in Mariveles, Bataan, crossing Manila Bay and terminating 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 aims to improve the capacity of the existing road network in Cebu and facilitate faster movement of trade, people, and convenience in Metro Cebu.
The project involves the construction of a 3.3-km bridge with an elevated viaduct of 3.385-km, with two lanes in each direction. It also includes the construction of a 4.9-kmfour-lane coastal road with a 4.751-km elevated viaduct. Interchanges will be constructed at the linkage between the two projects in Mandaue City.
- Capas-Botolan Road Project – Department of Public Works and Highways (PhP5.9 billion | ODA)
The project involves the construction/opening of a 35.64-km 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).
- 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-km, 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 Coastal Bypass Road Project including Bucana Bridge – Department of Public Works and Highways (PhP28.26 billion | ODA and GAA)
The project aims to: (a) serve as a bypass road/alternative route to the Davao-Cotabato Road and ABS-CBN Diversion Road to ease traffic congestion along busy intersections and Central Business District; and (b) disperse urbanization outside the Davao City Urban Center, which is already over-saturated because of the concentration of large-scale shopping malls and its proximity to international transportation facilities (e.g., Davao International Airport and Port of Davao).
The project involves the construction of an 18.21-km road with four lanes facility and a speed limit of 50 kilometers per hour (kph), from Bago Aplaya to R. Castillo.
- Change in Scope and Cost of the Davao City Bypass Construction Project – Department of Public Works and Highways (PhP46.8 billion | ODA)
The project aims to improve connectivity and mitigate traffic congestion in Davao City. The project involves the construction of a 45.5-km four-lane bypass road, including a 2.8-km tunnel section. This will begin from the Davao-Digos intersection of the Pan Philippine Highway at Toril, Davao City until the Davao-Agusan National Highway in Panabo City.
The proposed change involves an additional total length of 300m, due to an increase in length of the cut and cover tunnel section, bridge section, embankments, and bored piles. There is also a change in design of the intersection with the Davao-Bukidnon Road from a flyover crossing to an at-grade road and underpass. There is also an increase in cost from PhP25.85 billion, as confirmed by the NEDA Board ad referendum on October 20, 2018, to PhP46.8 billion.
- Request for Extension of Loan Validity and Implementation Period, and Increase in Cost of the Samar Pacific Coastal Road Project – Department of Public Works and Highways (PhP1.13 billion | ODA)
The project involves the construction of 11.30 km 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. The DPWH proposal involves a 24-month loan validity extension, an 18-month project implementation period extension, and 9.04% increase in project cost.