In order to contribute to the development of infrastructure in the country, the Investment Coordination Committee-Cabinet Committee (ICC-CabCom) recommended 10 projects for NEDA board approval.
In a meeting with the NEDA Board and the Duterte administration, the ICC- CabCom cited the 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 the 10) Inclusive Partnerships for Agricultural Competitiveness as a ‘good start’ towards the government’s goal of a golden age of infrastructure.
The North-South Railway Project- South Line is under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Program with an indicative cost of PhP 170.7 Billion and which covers a long haul railway operations from Metro Manila to Legazpi City, Albay.
Meanwhile, the Phase II of the Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is a project to be undertaken by the Department of Transportation & Communications via foreign assisted projects. This project aims to further strengthen PCG’s coast or watch patrol and search and rescue capabilities.
The Metro Manila Bus Rapid Transit- EDSA project, on the other hand, involves the construction of a 48.6 kilometer BRT system through EDSA, Ayala Avenue, Ortigas-BGC, and NAIA with a total of 36 stations. This is in response to the worsening traffic congestion in the metro.
Also aiming to ease traffic, the Plaridel Bypass Toll Road Project includes the conversion of the present 2-lane Plaridel Bypass Road into a 4-lane expressway-quality toll road. The Toll road will also considerably save travel time to about 80 minutes per vehicle.
The Metro Manila Flood Management Project (MMFP) Phase I is conceived to counter the risk of flooding in the metro. Adopting the Integrated Water and Resources Management Principles and the River Basin Approach, the MMFP will have an estimated cost of Php 23.5-billion.
Aside from traffic and flooding woes, the ICC-CABCOM also endorsed projects for airport development. The Bicol International Airport Project to be undertaken by the DOTC includes the construction of a new domestic-Principal Class 1 airport of international standards in Brgy. Alobo Daraga Albay. This Project is in effort to replace the old Legazpi Airport and thereby address passenger inconvenience and flight congestion.
Furthermore, the New Bohol Airport Construction and Sustainable Environment Protection Project is set to provide a new international quality airport in Panglao, Bohol. With a revised project cost of Php 7.77 billion, the new airport will replace the Tagbilaran Airport.
The Modernization of the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center envisions to relocate the existing Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) from Magsaysay Boulevard Tacloban City to Cabalawan, Tacloban. At an estimated cost of Php2.40-billion, this project will include the construction of a 6-storey hospital with a 500-bed capacity.
Also in the field of medical facility innovation is the Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital Project. This project includes site development, warehouse building, medical equipment, IT systems and the expansion of the hospital's 225-bed capacity to 500. The total indicative cost of the project is Php 2.2-billion.
The last proposed project by the ICC-CabCom is in the field of agriculture. The Inclusive Partnerships for Agricultural Competitiveness Project intends to develop better market access and competitiveness of smallholder farmers in the target agrarian reform communities (ARC) clusters.