NEDA: Long-term project proposals lined up for Central Visayas

Carlo S. Lorenciana (The Freeman) - May 4, 2016 - 10:00am

CEBU, Philippines - Several long-term infrastructure project proposals are lined up for Central Visayas as some projects are currently ongoing.

According to the National Economic and Development Authority, these long-term proposals include the P47.5-billion friendship bridge from Cebu to Bohol, the P20-billion Cebu (Santander)-Negros Oriental (Sibulan or Amlan) bridge, the P130-billion Bohol (Ubay)-Leyte (Maasin) bridge, and a P35-billion urban automated guideway transit (AGT) type rail system in Cebu.

 Based on NEDA's project proposals update, a resolution from the Regional Development Council for the Cebu-Negros Oriental bridge was already sent to the Department of Public Works and Highways.

 While the other three projects are still in proposal phase.

 An official development assistance (ODA) is the funding source eyed for the four big proposed projects. ODA is a loan or grant from multilateral lending institutions such as World Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency and Asian Development Bank.

 Moreover, improvements are also proposed for various ports in Cebu and Bohol.

 The redevelopment of the existing Cebu base port is still in project concept, eyed to be funded by Cebu Port Authority.

 An P8.5-billion container port in Toledo, Cebu and a P4.5-billion international cruise ship terminal in South Cebu are proposed to be studied for feasibility.

 Port improvements are also proposed in various Bohol towns Ubay, Tabuelan, Tubigon, Tuburan, Guihulngan and Larena.

 A feasibility study on central spine RoRo (Roll-on/Roll-off) project between Cebu and Bohol is being validated by DOTC.

 Meanwhile, among the ongoing big-tickets are the modernization of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport and the new Bohol airport in Panglao.

 The Cebu Bus Rapid Transit is yet to start construction as its detailed engineering study has not yet been completed.

 The new Cebu international port may start construction in August once the NEDA Board, chaired by the President, approves the project, Cebu Port Authority General Manager Edmund Tan earlier said. — (FREEMAN)

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