NEDA okays North-South railway, 6 more big projects

The North-South Railway Project (NSRP)- South Line is one among the seven major infrastructure projects approved by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) board during its second meeting on Monday.

The NSRP-South Line, also known as "the Project" includes the construction of fifty-six (56) km double track commuter rail from Tutuban in Manila to Calamba City in Laguna, the rehabilitation of the existing four hundred twenty-two (422) km PNR Mainline South long-haul line from Calamba City to Legaspi City, repairs and replacements of bridges, replacement of some rail, as well as the construction of new single-track long-haul lines from Legaspi City to Matnog, Sorsogon (117 km).

The other six huge projects include the scaling up of the Second Cordillera Highlands Agricultural Resources Project (CHARMP2) under the Department of Agriculture; expansion of the Philippine Rural Development Project; improvement/widening of General Luis-Kaybiga-Polo Novaliches Road to Valenzuela City; New Cebu International Port; Malitubog-Maridagao Irrigation Project Stage 2 under the National Irrigation Authority (NIA); and the New Nayong Pilipino at Entertainment City under the Department of Tourism.

Including these seven projects, the government is now prioritizing a total of 16 infrastructure projects worth P500 billion.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said that President Duterte specifically instructed the concerned officials to make the contracts “favorable” to government.

 

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Source: PhilStar Global, ppp.gov.ph, and inquirer.net.ph