Thursday, March 28, 2013

DOTC: P500-B worth infra projects complete by 2016

BIG TICKET PROJECTS. DOTC confident of finishing P500 billion projects. Photo courtesy of the Public-Private Partnership Center.

RAPPLER - In spite of delays in the roll out of public-private partnership (PPP) projects, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) remains confident that most infrastructure projects valued close to P500 billion would be finished by the time President Aquino's term ends in 2016.

In a speech read by DOTC undersecretary Catherine Gonzales in a thrift bank forum on Wednesday, March 20, Transportation secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said that the DOTC is hastening the bidding process for infrastructure projects such as mass transport, airports, and seaports.

1. Light rail transit line 1 (LRT1) Cavite extension
This is the Aquino administration's biggest infrastructure project that connects capital Manila to Niog in Bacoor, Cavite in the south. The P60 billion project is scheduled for completion in 2016.

Abaya said that the agency is scheduled to bid out the project in June 2013, with construction expected to start in 2014. DMCI Holdings Inc., Light Rail Manila Consortium, SMC Infra Resources Inc. and MTD-Samsung Consortium have pre-qualified for the project.

The Cavite extension would lengthen LRT-1 to 32.4 kilometers from 20.7 kilometers. The new southern endpoint of the line would be in Niog, Bacoor, Cavite instead of Baclaran. The extension project involves the construction of 10 stations, 10.5 kilometers of viaduct, support beams, and 3 intermodal facilities.

The extension is meant to serve 4 million residents of Cavite, Parañaque and Las Piñas. The Cavite extension would be elevated for 10.5 kilometers and at grade level for 1.2 kilometers.

2. LRT2 extension project in Masinag, Pasig City
Abaya said DOTC is set to bid out a P350 million consultancy contract for the civil works of the P9.7-billion LRT-2 extension project. The LRT-2 project would extend the train line 4.14 kilometers eastward. It would terminate at the intersection of Marcos Highway and Sumulong highway instead of the existing Santolan Station.

Two stations will be added to the train line; one at Emerald Station in front of Robinson's Place Metro East and the other at Masinag Junction in Antipolo City.

The development is scheduled for completion in 2015.

3. Automated fare collection system (AFCS) for the LRT and the MRT
The DOTC will also bid out the P1.7 billion AFCS project. Abaya said that 31 companies have submitted bidding documents.

The scheme is meant to provide a single ticketing system for both the LRT and MRT.

4. Various airports
The Aquino government's major airport projects are the P17.5 billion Mactan Cebu international airport expansion project and the rehabilitation of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the country's main international gateway.

Projects that can be completed in the 3rd quarter of 2016 include the P4.3 billion Puerto Princesa Airport, P7.2 billion New Bohol (Panglao) International Airport, and the P1.1 billion Bicol International Airport.

The DOTC already is bidding out the preparatory work for the Panglao Airport project. Submission and opening of bid documents are scheduled on April 16.

There are also plans to build airports in Tacloban, Laguindingan and Puerto Princesa to contribute to the country's target of 10 million tourists by 2016.

5. Cebu Bus Rapid System project
The P10 billion project will be subject to the approval of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) board within the 1st half of 2013.

6. Davao Sasa wharf improvement project in Mindanao
The DOTC will bid out the P4 billion by the 3rd quarter of 2013.

7. Intermodal stations in Metro Manila
The agency is pushing for a P7.4 billion project for the installation of intermodal stations in 3 locations around the National Capital Region.

The intermodal stations are meant to house provincial bus stations to decongest Metro Manila.
Abaya said that the DOTC is also looking to revive of the Manila Bay – Pasig river – Laguna Lake ferry system.

So far, the government has successfully bid out only one or two of the 10 PPP projects identified by the Aquino administration in 2010.

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