More Projects to Decongest Traffic Approved
With the increased intensity of Metro Manila traffic, the government has been planning to alleviate the congestion by approving several road and transport projects.
Recently, the National Economic and Development Authority approved twelve project proposals in an effort to solve the worsening traffic conditions. And last Tuesday, the Duterte administration named more of these projects even without emergency powers.
"Even without the emergency powers, we're going to work on, we're going to make sure that work on major infrastructure projects will be round the clock, 24/7, no let up," said Perrnio.
The Duterte administration also revealed that most of the projects have been long proposed by the previous administration including, the Metro Manila Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project which aims to ease traffic by providing lanes for public buses in EDSA.
In September, the said project will be up for final approval with the NEDA Board. Supervised by the President, 10 more projects will be discussed costing around Php 320 billion.
NEDA is also expecting the approval of two more projects specifically, a common station for the MRT-3, LRT-1, and MRT-7 and the Bonifacio Global City-Ortigas Link Bridge by 2016.
Also, the Administration is eyeing construction of a subway system beneath EDSA that will connect the cities of Makati, Pasay, and Taguig that may cost around Php 374.5 billion. The, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) already expressed their eagerness to sponsor the said project.