The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) has identified five priority infrastructure projects it will be implementing soon, which will be carried out through a public-private partnership (PPP) scheme.

In a statement, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia announced the NEDA Board will be taking up the priority infrastructure projects for approval in September and thereafter, implementation by concerned agencies will follow.

The agency expects the five priority infrastructure projects will be able to decongest the worsened traffic in Metro Manila that is caused by rapid urbanization and the increase in the number of registered vehicles.

A study made by the Japan International Cooperation Agency in September 2014 estimates that the economic loss derived from traffic congestion is about P2.4 billion a day. Without intervention, traffic costs will increase to P6 billion a day by 2030.

The five priority infrastructure projects are:

  1. The North-South Railway Project (NSRP)-South Line
  2. The MRT-LRT1-MRT7 Common Station
  3. The Bonifacio Global City (BGC)-Ortigas link bridge
  4. The Metro Manila Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)-EDSA project
  5. The use of the Batangas and Subic ports

According to the PPP Center website, the NSRP covers Metro Mania to Legazpi City in Albay Province, including a number of existing and proposed branch lines totaling to about 653 kilometers. Both long haul and commuter railway operations are being considered in the project.

The railway project, which has an indicative cost of P170.7 billion, aims to revive the railway to provide transport and logistics services to currently unserved areas, as well as to encourage more productive activities.

For the BRT EDSA project, a 48.6-kilometers BRT infrastructure will be built through EDSA, Ayala Avenue, Ortigas-BGC and NAIA, which will include 63 stations. Total project cost is estimated at P68.26 billion. Target implementation of the project is from 2017 to 2019.

On the other hand, the immediate implementation of the BGC– Ortigas link bridge is expected to divert 25 percent of EDSA traffic. Pernia said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will be handing over to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) the final configuration of the station. The Common station will serve as the meeting point of the MRT3, LRT1, and MRT7 systems, while the use of the Batangas and Subic Ports is aimed at decongesting the Manila ports.

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