NEDA unveils priority projects to ease traffic

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) unveils its strategic infrastructure plan to ease the worsening traffic in Metro Manila.

In the statement of Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia on NEDA's first 50 days under the Duterte Administration, he revealed that the department is moving at a faster pace to ensure that goals are reached.


One of NEDA's top priority this year is the immediate implementation of the Bonifacio Global City (BGC)- Ortigas link bridge which will divert 25 percent of the EDSA traffic.  The first phase of the project will be built in Sta. Monica Street in Kapitolyo, Pasig City to Lawton Avenue in Makati. 


Moreover, the Infrastructure Committee or InfraCom will prioritize the completion of the initial phase of Mindanao Railway Project. Earlier reports confirmed that construction of the 2,000 kilometers Mindanao railway system will start next year.


So far, NEDA's Investment Coordination Committee (ICC) has approved 10 projects amounting to Php320-billion. These projects are: 1.) North-South Railway Project- South Line; 2)Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project for the Philippine Coast Guard Phase II; 3.) Metro Manila Bus Rapid Transit- EDSA; 4) Plaridel Bypass Toll Road Project; 5) Metro Manila Flood Management Project; 6) Increase in Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) Area of the Bicol International Airport Project; 7) Change in Scope of the New Bohol Airport Construction and Sustainable Environment Protection Project; 8) Modernization of the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center; 9) Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital; and 10) Inclusive Partnerships for Agricultural Competitiveness.