$1.3-B first tranche signed
for Malolos-Clark railway
DOTr, Japanese partners ink
P12-B supply contract
P1.6-B Subic expressway
widening project underway
P8-B Capas-Botolan Road
finished in 2022
IT CAN’T get any more screaming than Punto’s headlines Wednesday. Its front page most appropriately tagged “billion page.”
Doing the math, the projects total a whopping P87.25 billion – the dollar price at the exchange rate of P50.50.
And that’s not all. There is more, much more, per the Department of Public Works and Highways, to wit:
The P922-million Pulilan-Baliuag Diversion Road in Bulacan to be completed in 2020. The P1.19-billion San Rafael-San Ildelfonso- San Miguel Bypass Road likewise in Bulacan finished by 2022.
The P970-million Ciudad de Victoria Interchange Overpass Bridge also in Bulacan.
The P1.42 billion Bagac-Mariveles Road in Bataan with a target 2020 completion date.
The P19.9 billion Lubao-Guagua-Minalin-Sto Tomas Road in Pampanga which construction started last December.
Totaling to another P24.4 billion. For a grand total of P111.65 billion. Wow!
And we have not even counted there developments in the New Clark City and the Clark International Airport.
At no place other than Central Luzon has the Build Build Build mantra of the Duterte administration sounded loudest and most manifest, arguably.
At no time in the history of Central Luzon has there been this much infusion of funds, this scope and scale of infrastructure development, most certainly.
No disparagement to the two immediate past presidents who hailed from the region, but that it took the man from faraway Davao City to serve as catalyst of this unprecedented development of Central Luzon bespeaks of a billion meanings.