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NEDA Board approves 10 more infrastructure projects

PHILIPPINES: The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board approved 10 more projects during its second meeting in Malacañang on Monday.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella, in a text message to reporters, sent the list of projects approved and discussed during the meeting:

Scaling up of the Second Cordillera Highlands Agricultural Resources Management Project

    #Expansion of the Philippine Rural Development Project
    #Improvement/Widening of General Luis-Kaybiga-Polo-Novaliches Road to Valenzuela City
    #New Cebu International Port
    #North-South Railway Project - South Line
    #Confirmation on Unbundling of earlier NEDA Board-Approved Airport Projects
    #Chico River Pump Irrigation Project
    #Malitubog-Maridagao Irrigation Project, Stage 2
    #New Nayong Pilipino at Entertainment City
    #Widening of road from Quirino Highway, Quezon City to Gen MacArthur Highway

"That makes for 17 infrastructure projects amounting to approximately P500 billion in the first four and a half months of the Duterte administration," he said in a text message to reporters.

The NEDA Board previously approved nine projects worth P171.14 billion set to be completed within the next six years:  

#The P10.2-billion Inclusive Partnership for Agricultural Competitiveness (IPAC) under the Department of Agrarian Reform
#The P2.4-billion Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center Modernization (EVRMC) Project of the Department of Health (DOH)
#The P2.2-billion Modernization of Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital, also under the DOH
#The P23.5-billion Metro Manila Flood Management Project, Phase I of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA)
#The P37.8-billion Metro Manila Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)-EDSA of the Department of Transportation (DOTr)
#The P4.8-billion expansion of the Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) Area of the Bicol International Airport, a joint project of the DOTr and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP)
#The P7.4-billion change in the scope of the New Bohol Airport Construction and Sustainable Environment Protection Project, also under the DOTr and CAAP
#The P74.6-billion Ninoy Aquino International Airport public-private partnership (PPP)
#The P8-billion Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project for the PCG, Phase II of the DOTr and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno previously said the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte would be the "golden age of infrastructure," allocating P8.2 trillion for infrastructure projects in the next six years. — VVP, GMA News

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