DoTC has big projects
Last Monday the DoTC (the Department of Transportation and Communications ) published their list of priority projects. Somehow it sounds like a big bang.
Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas presented these projects in a briefing Monday:
LRT-1 extension and rehabilitation
LRT-1, the oldest elevated railway in the metropolis, runs a 16-kilometer stretch from Monumento to Baclaran, while the expansion will involve an additional 12 kilometers to reachCavite. Overall, the LRT-1 rehabilitation, including the acquisition of new fleet, will cost P80 billion, of which the railway construction alone will cost P45 billion.
International airport in Puerto Princesa (Palawan)
The DoTC is also fast-tracking the construction of a modern international airport in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, to accommodate an increased influx of tourists following the inclusion of the Underground River among the world’s “New Seven Wonders of Nature.” The PHP 4.46 billion project will be funded using bilateral assistance from South Korea.
The construction of the Laguindingan Airport between Cagayan de Oro and Iligan in northern Mindanao is nearly finished. Now the DoTC opens the bidding for operation and maintenance with a yearly volume of USD 34.9 million.
Mactan-Cebu airport is up to get a new terminal for USD 180 million. If this new terminal is really needed is another question.
New Bohol airport
This information is cryptic. Does Roxas present the questionable Panglao International Airport or is the New Bohol airport for USD 158 million an overhaul of Tagbilaran’s existing airport or is it the somehow forgotten project of a new airport in the east of Bohol near Ubay?