The National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) Secretary Ernesto Pernia announced on Tuesday that President Rodrigo Duterte approved another seven infrastructure projects during the NEDA board meeting. Pernia said these projects have a total budget of P270 billion.

Here are three fast facts on P270 billion projects approved by Duterte.

1. Neda said that the seven infrastructure projects include the South Line of the North-South Railway and the New Nayong Pilipino at the Entertainment City, among others.

The other five projects approved by Duterte included the following:

  • The  New Cebu International Port.
  • Expansion of the Philippine Rural Development Project.
  • Scaling-Up of the Second Cordillera Highlands Agricultural Resources Management Project.
  • Widening and improvement of the General Luis Road (Quezon City to Valenzuela City) Project.
  • The Malitubog-Maridagao Irrigation Project Stage 2.

A total 16 infrastructure projects amounting to approximately P500 billion were already approved by the president during his first four-and-a-half month in office. In September, Duterte approved nine projects worth P171.14 billion.

“This Duterte administration will be a Golden Age for Infrastructure. The thing is we really have to catch up with our neighbors,” The Manila Bulletin reported Pernia, as saying.

2. Pernia said that the public must brace themselves with inconveniences as these projects will begin its construction. The projects will also create many jobs.

Pernia said that the government will be implementing a 24 hours a day working schedules of the project so these can be finished within the president’s term.

An early concern, however, was raised relative to the building of the new Cebu International Port in Barangay Tayud, Consolacion in Cebu. Vice President Leni Robredo raised her concern on the resettlement of the close to 100 residents in Barangay Tayud, who will be displaced once the work on the project starts.

“Since our project has already been approved by the NEDA Board, we will build the port. If they insist on a reclamation project, then they probably can do a different one, like for a terminal, but not for a port,” The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported Cebu Port Authority (CPA) General Manager Edmund Tan, as saying. Tan added that a win-win solution is currently sought to solve this conflict.

3. The Investment Coordination Committee (ICC) guidelines on processing China-assisted projects were also approved. This is to avoid the mistakes committed in the past projects such as the NBN-ZTE.

“Ang ginagawa namin ay ‘yung (What we did is that) ICC Cabinet level will be the clearing house, the screening of applicant Chinese companies or Chinese companies interested in projects,” Pernia said.

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