DPWH to construct more roads to solve Metro Manila's traffic under the Duterte Administration

DPWH to construct more roads to solve Metro Manila's traffic under the Duterte Administration

The Duterte administration is not going to wait for the emergency powers to be granted by Congress in easing the traffic in Metro Manila.

The committee that was tasked for the study of granting the emergency powers in easing the traffic in the metro was that of Senator Grace Poe, up until now –nothing has come out of it.
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The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is very much concern with the horrible traffic in the National Capital Region has told the media that they have been planning to remedy the situation by building more roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects.

Planning and Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Undersecretary Maria Catalina Cabral, said they are looking to construct more road networks including bridges, fly overs among others.

“Under the Traffic Decongestion Program, we will implement High Standard Highways (HSH)/expressways; construct/widen national roads and bridges; construct by-passes/diversion roads; construct flyovers; interchanges and underpasses,” she said.

Cabral noted that they are also updating the HSH Network Development Masterplan which was crafted in 2010.

“We have the master plan...Many of the projects listed on that master plan are already been in various stages of implementation, some maybe are ongoing, some are in the preliminary detailed engineering design...” Cabral added.

Cabral explains that the DPWH has a budget of PHP680.87 billion.

Build Build Build (BBB) program chairperson, Anna Mae Lamentillo, notes the program of the government’s medium term goal is to increase spending from 5.4% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to 7.3% by the end the President Duterte’s term in 2022.

“To effectively usher into Golden Age of infrastructure, the Philippine government will spend around PHP8.4 trillion from 2017 to 2022,” she said.

“In the next four years, existing road network will be expanded and upgraded, strategic inter-island bridges will be given priority provided alternative modes of transport between major islands specially in times of disasters,” Lamentillo said.


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