NEDA Approves Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project in Cebu and Nine Other Infra Projects

The highly anticipated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project in Cebu City was approved by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board. Aside from the approval of the BRT Project, NEDA also approved nine other infrastructure projects.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella the BRT Proposal for Cebu City was among the 10 projects approved by NEDA Board during a meeting presided over by Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia.

The Cebu City mass transport proposal about the BRT was approved sans the presence of President Rody Duterte, who is the chairperson of NEDA Board.

"The Neda Board approved the confirmation of the ICC-CC (Investment Coordination Committee-Cabinet Committee) approval of the increase in cost of the Cebu Bus Rapid Transit," Abella said shortly after the conduct of the meeting.

"In the absence of the President, the Neda Secretary (Pernia), as Neda Board vice chair, presided over the Neda Board meeting. Today's meeting was approved and authorized by the President, due to other concerns that came about today, allowing vice chair to proceed, and with quorum established despite work suspension," he added.

Last August 11, the NEDA ICC-CabCom approved the Cebu BRT Project despite the fact that the project cost has ballooned to P16.9 billion from P10.6 billion approved by NEDA Board in 2014 because of anew road-right-of-way acquisition policy, which requires the government to offer market values for affected properties.

The major Cebu infrastructure project is envisioned to be a 23-kilometer BRT corridor (Bulacao-Ayala-Talamban) with segregated busways from Bulacao to Ayala and a link to Cebu’s South Road Property.

Apart from the Cebu BRT project, Abella said the Neda Board also approved the Department of Public Works and Highways’ (DPWH) improvement of growth corridors in Mindanao, and Binondo-Intramuros and Estrella-Pantaleon Bridges construction project.

Abella said the 18-month validity extension of Asian Development Bank Loan for Improvement and Institutional Development Project; Metro Manila Subway Project (Phase 1); the Philippine National Railways-South Long Haul Commuter Line Projects; and the Lower Agno Irrigation System Improvement Project were also approved by Neda Board.

The three other approved projects were the change in the mode of implementation for the Clark International Airport Expansion Project; Infrastructure Preparation and Innovation Facility; and Chico River Pump Irrigation Project.

Source: PIA

NEDA Approves Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project in Cebu and Nine Other Infra Projects NEDA Approves Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project in Cebu and Nine Other Infra Projects Reviewed by Phil Newsome on 9/13/2017 Rating: 5

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