• DPWH eyes 5% GDP spending for infrastructure

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    The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said on Monday that it wants to attain the 5-percent gross domestic product (GDP) spending for infrastructure by increasing its budget for 2014.

    “We have a very important meeting, we will be talking about the increasing of the budget for 2014.We really want to hit the 5-percent GDP in infrastructure [spending]. Right now, it is 2.3 [percent]less than 3 [percent],” said Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson.

    “We will almost double with budget and investment for infrastructure from the current amounts, iyon nga iyong pag uusapan sa Cabinet ngayon [that is what will be discussed in the Cabinet],” he said.

    “So what we are proposing is that we will increase, more investment in infrastructure, not just for roads, but all infrastructure facilities of the government these includes, hospital, transport, MRTs [metro rail transits], LRTs [light rail transits], airports, seaports and roads and bridges. We are really serious in doing construction work, we are assure you that you can expect more in 2014,” Singson added.

    In line with this, DPWH and San Miguel Corp. (SMC) on Monday officially sealed the deal for the P15.516-billion Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Expressway Project, hoping that the project will help significantly to reduce congestion at EDSA.

    “So all I can say is that, we are happy that we have very good partners with this projects and we’re even happier because they are very aggressive in their pricing for this project, and we consider this a major component of the Metro Manila Skyway Network,” Singson said.

    The project aims to provide better access to NAIA and the Pagcor Entertainment City, and connect the airport to the Skyway Network of the National Capital Region. The project will also benefit 80,000 travelers a day and is expected to reduce travel time from Skyway to Terminal 1 from 24.3 minutes to 8.2 minutes.

    The project is a four-lane elevated expressway with a total length of 7.15 kilometers including ramps starting from Sales Avenue going to Andrews Avenue, Domestic Road and MIA Road. It ends at Macapagal Boulevard at Pagcor Entertainment City. The project also includes constructions of toll plaza, on ramps and off ramps.

    The project will be linked to the elevated North Luzon Expressway-South Luzon Expressway Connector Road, and to the Metro Manila Skyway extension to Araneta Avenue.

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