3 High Impact Projects Get NEDA’s okay

 

 

By Rose de la Cruz


The Ambal-Simuay River and Rio Grande de Mindanao River Flood Control Projects and the construction of 10 proposed priority bridges crossing the Pasig-Marikina River and the Manggahan Floodway of the Department of Public Works and Highways are 3 of 75 flagship projects of the Duterte administration that recently got the approval from the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board’s Investment Coordination Committee-Cabinet Committee (ICC-CabCom).

 

The approval last March 8 would signal the start of the P39.2 billion Mindanao flood control projects that involve the construction of various flood management infrastructures like dies and floodgates along the Ambal-Simuay and Rio Grande de Mindanao, which are parts of the Mindanao River Basin, the second largest river basin in the country.

 

Meanwhile, the construction of the remaining 10 priority bridges crossing Pasig-Marikina River and Manggahan Floodway, worth P27.37 billion, envisioned to improve road transport network capacity and efficiency in Metro Manila by adding fix links and alternate routes, was also approved.  

 

The approval of the construction of the first two bridges—the Binondo-Intramuros and Estrella-Pantaleon Bridges—with a total cost of P5.98 billion was confirmed by the NEDA Board last September 12. The first two bridges will be funded by a grant from the Chinese government.

 

The ICC-CabCom, chaired by Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez and co-chaired by Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia, also approved the Rural Agro-Enterprise Partnership for Inclusive Development and Growth (RAPID Growth) Project of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), which is geared towards improving productivity of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and making them competitive in the local and global markets.

 

The project, costing P4.78 billion,  intends to support 78,000 farming households by increasing on-farm and off-farm activities and generating employment opportunities in rural areas.

 

In the same meeting held at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, the ICC-CabCom also approved the increase in cost and change in the scope of the Integrated Marine Environment Monitoring System Phase 2 (PHILO 2) Project of the Department of Agriculture - Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR).

 

This involves the improvement and expansion of the first phase of the project, particularly its vessel monitoring system (VMS) and integration of various databases, including fishing vessel registry, ocean and weather data, stock assessment data, and records of illegal unreported and unregulated fishing.

 

The ICC-CC approved BFAR’s request to change the scope of the project to purchase additional VMS transceivers that would cover more commercial fishing vessels and utilize both satellite and terrestrial technologies, among others.

 

The ICC-CC also approved the change in scope and cost for the Integrated Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation (IDRR-CCA) Measures in Low-Lying Areas of Pampanga Bay. The project aims to maximize drainage efficiency, minimize flood damages to properties, and improve trading and market activities in the municipalities of Macabebe, Masantol, Minalin, and Sto. Tomas in the province of Pampanga.

 

Furthermore, the Cabinet-level committee approved the restructuring of the Integrated National Resource Management Project (INREMP) of DENR.

 

These ICC-approved projects will be elevated to the NEDA Board, chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte, for confirmation.

 

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