Regional projects worth P13.5-B get NEDA-ICC nod

 

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

The National Economic and Development Authority Board’s Investment Coordination Committee approved late July, the improvements worth P13.5 billion to three regional projects that would strengthen the government’s commitment to regional growth.

 

Changes in scope and cost were discussed for the Davao City Bypass Construction Project; Panguil Bay Bridge Project; and Flood Risk Management Project in Cagayan River, Tagoloan River, and Imus River.

 

Of the regions involved, three (Regions XI, II, CALABARZON) posted Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) growth rates last year of 10.9 percent, 7.2 percent, 6.7 percent, respectively. These are higher than the National Capital Region’s 6.1 percent.

 

The said regions aim to achieve GRDP growth rates of 10.5 to 11.5 (Region XI), 6.5 to 7.5 (Region II), and 6.0 to 7.3 (CALABARZON) by 2022.

 

“The ICC and the whole of government is steadfast in sustaining these regions’ growth momentum. These improvements in the projects reflect this commitment,” said Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia, co-chair of the ICC.

 

Pernia added that regional projects provide interconnectivity and facilitate exchange of goods and services, besides people. The Panguil Bay Bridge Project specifically will boost growth in Regions IX, X, and XII.

 

The ICC meanwhile asked the Department of Transportation to fast-track the implementation of the Cebu Bus Rapid Transit (CBRT), which forms part of the Metro Cebu Intermodal and Integrated Transport System (MCIITS), to achieve interoperability by June 2021.

 

The MCIITS, which will include the CBRT, a skytrain project, intelligent transport systems, light rail transit, and a greenways project, among others, encompasses the package of solutions to address congestion and transport problems in Metro Cebu.

 

Changes

 

The changes in scope and cost for the Davao City Bypass Construction project of the Department of Public Works and Highways is divided into three sections (South, Center, and North) and has a total length of 45.2 kilometers.


The scope of the project changed from a two-lane road and main tunnel, two-stage implementation scheme, to a four-lane road and main tunnel, single-stage implementation scheme.

 

The change in cost from P 16.8 billion to P 25.8 billion covers the changes in scope, foreign exchange rate, cost of civil works and consulting services.

 

 For the Panguil Bay Bridge of DPWH, the change in scope covers the following: total length of the Main Bridge, Approach Bridges, and Approach Roads from 3,476 meters to 3,772.54 meters; width of Main Bridge from 14.5 to 15.5 meters, pile length from 33-44 meters to 65-90 meters; borehole diameter from 1.5 meters to 2.5 meters, inclusion of appropriate seismic design to ensure structural safety of the bridge; and additional temporary facilities for construction such as docking lot, casting site, crane ways, and ancillary facilities for the bridge.

 

The change in cost from P 4.9 billion to P 7.4 billion covers the actual expenses for Right-of-Way acquisition carried out by the Misamis Occidental and Lanao del Norte District Engineering Offices, excluding service charge.

 

On the Flood Risk Management Project of Cagayan River, Tagoloan River and Imus River, also of DPWH, the change was in the increased cost from P 5.6 billion to P 7.5 billion. The cost increase is due to inclusion of new work items; and increases in costs of land acquisition, construction materials, consultancy services, and administration.

 

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