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Philippine Resources - January 22, 2021

Bicol International Airport now 72% Complete

The Bicol International Airport (BIA) is 72% complete. According to DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, developments such as this is very important as the country starts recovering from the pandemic. “It can’t be denied that the aviation sector has been one of the hardest hit by the pandemic,” he said. “That’s why it is important that we finish the airport at the soonest possible time, as this will absolutely give the economy a boost. I want this to finish within the year because we wanted our fellowmen to use this soon. As we ready for take-off, all systems should go.”As of January 13, Package 2A is now 88.2 per cent finished, handled by the Sunwest Corporation and Development Corp and includes the airport’s landslide facilities such as the air traffic control building, the maintenance building, the administration building, and the crash fire rescue building. Meanwhile, Package 2B is 49.5 per cent complete. This is being handled by EM Cuerpo Construction Company and includes the building of the taxiway, the passenger terminal building, the runway extension, and other site development works. When completed, the airport can accommodate at least two million passengers every year. This will also boost air traffic in the region. This is part of the “Build Build Build” program of the Duterte administration.

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Philippine Resources - January 22, 2021

DPWH and NLEX Speed Up Construction of Connector Road

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the NLEX Corporation have fast-tracked the construction of the 5-kilometre section of the P23-billion NLEX Connector from Caloocan Interchange to Espana, Manila. It is hoped that this will be finished before the end of the year. The 3kms remaining road will be finished before Duterte steps down in 2022. According to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, “Right-of-way delivery for the whole alignment stands at 81 per cent, while construction progress is at 16 per cent. With the commitment of both the public and private sectors, we are optimistic that we can finish the project as scheduled.”The project is composed of Super T girders which span 30 meters and weigh 53 tons. These have been used in Australia and New Zealand but relatively new in the Philippines. These are known to be flexible, aesthetically appealing, and structurally efficient. They also limit the need for formworks and have open flanges.“Innovation is one of the core values of our company,” noted NLEX Corporation President and General Manager J. Luigi L. Bautista. “We are using Super T beams to advance our construction progress so we can soon complete this crucial infrastructure that would help decongest Metro Manila and solve truck ban woes,” he explained.The NLEX Connector features four toll plazas and interchanges in Espana and C3. This is readily accessible for those going to the airports and the Manila Ports and is expected to reduce travel time by at least two hours and 20 minutes. The project will also give trucks an alternate route.

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Philippine Resources - January 21, 2021

Government Infra Spending Decreases in November

Because lockdown restrictions have interfered with construction work, state spending decreased for the fifth straight month last November.Data from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) revealed that infrastructure went below 50% to P40.3 billion last November from P80.9 billion a year ago. Infrastructure spending also went down, as compared with the P57 billion spent in October. This was the fifth straight month of the decline. For the Philippine economy to recover, a think tank said that the government should increase spending this year. In a report, the DBM said, “Infrastructure and other capital outlays were down to P40.3 billion due to the various delays caused by the imposition of community quarantine measures to contain the further spread of the COVID-19 virus in early 2020, as well as the one-time expense in 2019 for the building constructions of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).In the 11-month period, spending on infrastructure went down to 22% year-on-year to P548.8 billion - due to the pandemic and budget cuts done this year. Earlier, the government redirected some funds for support to its rescue programs. Overall capital outlays increased to P727.9 billion during the period, 14% year-on-year. This was 88% of the P825-billion infrastructure spending target for the full year. The Budget department hopes that the line departments to have reached spending in December, especially the Department of Transportation (DoTr) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). It said, “Disbursements are expected to recover from the substantial underspending recorded as of end-September 2020 (7.2% below the program for the period), and close at P4.233 trillion.”

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Philippine Resources - January 20, 2021

LRT-1 Cavite Project More Than 50% Completed

The LRT - 1 Cavite Extension Project is now more than halfway complete. According to the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the progress is now at 50.61% as of December 31, 2020.“The recent construction activities of this highly anticipated project features the bored piling, pier/portal column works, and the MIA station foundation works, altogether with the launching of PI girder which is the chief horizontal support in the structure made for turn back slots,” the DOTr said. “The accelerated pace of construction also includes the expansion of existing depots in Baclaran and the building of a new satellite depot at Zapote.”DOTr also added that the “accelerated pace of construction also includes the expansion of existing depots in Baclaran and the building of a new satellite depot at Zapote.”

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Philippine Resources - January 20, 2021

Philippines and China Sign Samal Island-Davao City Connector Project

The Philippines and China signed the commercial contract of the China-financed Samal Island-Davao City Connector Project valued at $400 million. This project is part of the government’s “Build-Build-Build” program. Some of the features of this project include a four-lane 3.86-km bridge that links the Island Garden City of Samal to Davao City across the Pakiputan Strait. The main bridge runs 1.62-km, designed in a cable-stayed structure with double cable planes and twin towers. Estimated to be finished in 60 months, the bridge is expected to reduce transportation time, enhance internal mobility and external linkage to support the tourist and economic growth. This will also improve the local livelihoods of people and increase economic activities in the area. The groundbreaking of the project is expected to be in the first half of 2021.

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Philippine Resources - January 20, 2021

The Philippines and China Sign Contract for the Subic-Clark Railway Project

According to the Chinese embassy, the Philippines and China already have a commercial contract of the Subic-Clark Railway project valued at $940 million. Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian said, “Our cooperation continues! China and the Philippines just signed the commercial contract for the Subic-Clark railway project. This is so far the highest-funded G2G project between the two countries valued at approx. $940 million and is the flagship project under the administration’s “Build, Build, Build” program.”The Chinese ambassador added that this project will be located in south-central Luzon. This will link the Clark International Airport with the Subic Bay Freeport Zone and also connect with the Department of Transportation (DOTr)’s North Railway Project.“The construction period is estimated to last 42 months. Once completed, the railway will build resilient linkages between the commercial zones along the Subic-Clark corridor. Glad to see the improvement in logistic efficiency and other economic activities in the region,” Huang added.

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Philippine Resources - January 09, 2021

NLEX Continues Road Projects

NLEX Corporation continues to build its major road projects. Among these include the Subic Freeport Expressway (SFEX) Capacity Expansion (which is already 92% complete and is slated to be finished during the first quarter of 2021), Candaba Viaduct Upgrade and NLEX Connector.Once the SFEX is completed, it will complement the infrastructure program of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), embracing the growing traffic and the delivery of goods coming in and going out of the zone. Some of the features of this 8.2-km ex[pressway include an extra two expressway lanes, two bridges and a new tunnel that increases the capacity from one lane to two lanes in each direction. This also includes installing the expressway-standard LED lighting sale for night driving and for better flood management, increasing the elevation of the Maritan Highway-Rizal Highway-Tipo Road junction.According to NLEX Corporation President and General Manager J. Luigi L. Bautista, “These will improve traffic flow and connectivity, as well as promote road safety for hundreds of thousands of motorists in Central and Northern Luzon.”Aside from the SFEX, NLEX also resumes upgrades on the 5-km Candaba Viaduct for the comfort and safety of all commuters. At the end of 2020, NLEX changed 13 link slabs on the southbound portion of the Candaba Viaduct, and to strengthen the bridge, around 12 more link slabs on the southbound segment have to be changed. The tollway firm is also positive that Section 1 of the NLEX Connector Project that links NLEX to Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 should be finished during the last quarter of the year. According to NLEX, this project is already 16% complete. When done, this road reduces travel time from 2 hours to 20 minutes, along NLEX to SLEX and vice-versa, cuts travel time from Pampanga to Laguna from 3 hours to 1 hour and 40 minutes. This also improves the connectivity between the Clark International Airport and the NAIA. When finished, this will benefit at least 35,000 vehicles a day. “These three major road projects are essential to the country’s economic growth,” Bautista added. “They add to the commercial development of several cities, in line with our country’s ambition, and NLEX’s vision toward nation-building.”

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Philippine Resources - January 09, 2021

Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge Opens to Public in Q2 2021

Motorists will soon experience the newly-renovated Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge.According to Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar, the bridge which links Barangka Drive in Mandaluyong City and Estrella Street in Makati City will soon open in the second quarter of 2021. He said that the construction of the bridge is now 72% complete and is 8% ahead of schedule. Among the features of the bridge that have been completed include all bridge substructure works on abutments on both sides, the V-shaped piers for the main bridge and the Makati approach. In addition are concrete pouring works for the first lift of box girder for the approach bridge in Makati and the concrete pouring four segments of prestressed concrete girder in Mandaluyong side. Secretary Villar has pushed for the speedy construction of this bridge and has done all measures conducting inspection, resolution of technical issues, and quality standards and safety from time to time - all under the guidance of Undersecretary Sadain.Undersecretary Sadain said that the DPWH UPMO Roads Management Cluster 1 is now doing work on the remaining civil works that covers formworks and rebar installation in two (2) segments of prestressed concrete girder in Mandaluyong side and two (2) more segments in Makati side. He added that workers, in order to finish the bridge, will work on the second lift of the box girder for the approach bridge on the Makati side.Once the bridge is completed, traffic will ease as there would be more opportunities for motorists to take other routes.

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Philippine Resources - December 31, 2020

Skyway Stage 3 Now Partially Open

The Skyway Stage 3 in Metro Manila is now partially open. San Miguel Corporation President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon Ang said in a Facebook post that motorists can now use the elevated toll road, adding that the skyway will be fully operational on January 14, 2021. Four lanes out of the seven lanes will be opened. He added that for the first month of operation, no toll fees are required. According to the website of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), SMC subsidiary Citra Central Expressway Corporation built the skyway for P44.86 billion. The firm will operate this for 30 years. The opening of the skyway has been delayed for several reasons. Aside from the pandemic and the lockdown measures and some recent typhoons that affected the country, the skyway was also marred with a fire that struck a nearby warehouse and also impacted by previous right-of-way issues. SMC said that when fully operational, the skyway which runs from the entrance in Buendia to the North Luzon Expressway in Quezon City will now take motorists only 20 minutes while those from the Alabang to Balintawak will now tale 30 minutes only. Part of the Skyway Stage 3 involves eight access ramps and interchanges. Among these include exit and entrance points along President Quirino Avenue in Malate; E. Rodriguez Avenue, Quezon Avenue and Sgt. Rivera Street in Quezon City; Plaza Dilao in Paco, Nagtahan in Manila and after Buendia in Makati.

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Philippine Resources - December 31, 2020

PCA Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Celebrating its 75th anniversary this 2020, the Philippine Construction Association (PCA) has found itself in the middle of another war. This time, it is about the war with the COVID-19 pandemic. “Now is the time to act as one, build as one,” declared PCA President Wilfredo Decena.“What we need is a synchronized effort of both public and private sectors to win this war against COVID-19 and rise again as a stronger nation.”To help the country recover from the devastating effects of this new “war”, PCA has launched the 10-year Philippine Construction Industry Roadmap which links into the 30-year National Infrastructure Program (2023-2052). The project covers major infrastructures in transport, water, and energy to social and ICT infrastructure.PCA also partnered with the Ayala Group in the construction of the 9,700 square meters of space of the World Trade Center to turn into a quarantine facility. With member EEI Corporation and others, PCA also established quarantine facilities in some hospitals such as the UP-PGH, the National Lung Centre of the Philippines, Quezon Institute, Mandaluyong Medical Center, Don Mariano Marcos Hospital, Antipolo Medical Systems, and Sta. Rosa Medical Center. PCA also spearheaded the health and safety protocols in construction sites and accelerated its digitization program, which maximizes online platforms for its members. This allowed faster mobilization, such as in the recent typhoons Ulysses and Rolly. PCA also offered relief goods and equipment for provinces bit by catastrophes. Some of the projects of PCA in the past include:The construction of the Manila International Airport (MIA) and the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway or TPLEXThe construction of the North Diversion Road from Balintawak in Quezon City to Malolos in BulacanThe construction of the Ambuklao Dam, the longest dam in Asia and the San Juanico Bridge which links Samar to Leyte PCA and the Asian Institute of Management offered a construction project management class to produce some of the construction leadersPCA worked with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for training programs which empowered over 2,000 individuals all over the countryPCA organizes the Philconstruct, the biggest trade show in AsiaIn the last five years, the construction industry averages 20 per cent growth per year but due to the pandemic, it has shrunk to 10% in 2020.

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Philippine Resources - December 31, 2020

China Grants Funds for Davao Bridge Project

The Department of Public Works and Highways and the Chinese Embassy has signed an agreement for the Chinese government to fund the Davao River Bridge Project at an estimate of $60 million. The third bridge project in the Philippines that the Chinese government has invested in - after the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge and the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge projects - the Davao River is situated at the mouth of the Davao River. This spans over the west and the east banks of the river, which also links the coastal roads. With a length of 477 metres and a route length at 1,340 meters, the project is set to adopt the localised implementation mode - which means that the Philippines is responsible for project management and technical works during the entire procedure. The project runs for 30 months, including design and construction phases. Once completed, the bridge will accommodate 15,000 vehicles a day and will make traffic a lot easier. The DPWH has already started with the preparation for the procurement of project consultants for the conduit of the Detailed Engineering Design (DED). Once the DED is finished, the project can start in 2021.

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Philippine Resources - December 21, 2020

LRT Extension Project Now 50% Complete

The Cavite extension project of the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) is 50% complete.According to the Department of Transportation (DOTr), “As of November 30, this long-awaited and highly-anticipated rail extension of LRT-1 is now halfway, with 50.54% overall progress rate.” Last April 30, the project was only 38.7% complete. DOTr Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan in a statement said that the first station of the Cavite Extension Redemptorist Station in Baclaran will be somewhat working by December 31, 2020. He said, “And we’ve instructed the concessionaire, the Light Rail Manila Corporation, to target operationalizing additional stations up to MIA Station or PITX Station soonest.”The Cavite Station of the LRT1 runs a total of 11.7 kilometres - from Baclaran to the following stations: Redemptorist Station, MIA Station, Asiaworld Station, Ninoy Aquino Station, Las Piñas Station, Zapote Station, and Niog Station. When complete, it is expected that 800,000 passengers a day will now flock to the stations, as compared with the original capacity of 500,000 passengers a day. In addition, this project is expected to cut travel time from Baclaran to Bacoor, Cavite City from two hours to only 25 minutes.

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Philippine Resources - December 21, 2020

NEDA Updates Infrastructure Programs

With the recent typhoons and the pandemic, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) is updating its current list of infrastructure programs.According to NEDA Undersecretary Jonathan Uy, they plan to release this by the end of the year. “It would appear that we are now reaching about 100 projects and some additional ones being proposed for this particular update,” he said.Among the 104 priority projects of the Duterte administration include the upgrading of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the Metro Manila subway project, the Mindanao Railway project, and the Cebu monorail system. As part of its Build-Build-Build project, the Duterte administration has been prioritizing these constructions. But due to the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown and quarantine measures, these were halted. The projects, however, resumed around June based on a report from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). Uy, however, said that among the challenges include the effect of typhoons. Meanwhile, Acting NEDA Secretary Karl Chua said they are still monitoring the projects part of the 2020 national budget, even those under the local government. Besides the pandemic, the challenges “reflect the fact that our experience in 2019 was that we were able to, despite the delayed passage of the budget, we were able to significantly ramp up in the second quarter.”“That is why despite our infrastructure exceeding the program for the second half of 2020, as a contribution to growth, it fell short because of the high base case in 2019,” he said. “The recent flooding and typhoons also gave us more urgency in pursuing some of the infrastructures that directly will address some of the water and flooding issues.”

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Philippine Resources - December 16, 2020

ADB Funds Walkway Construction

Asian Development Bank (ADB) is funding the construction of walkways along EDSA, Metro Manila’s busiest street.In a statement, ADB said that its Board had approved the lending of $123 MIllion to the EDSA Greenways Project which included constructing a 5-kilometre covered walkway for each of the Metro Rail Transit Line (MRT-3) stations along Balintawak, Cubao, Guadalupe and Taft Avenue. Each structure is also equipped with elevators and monitoring systems for the elderly and the pregnant.According to the lender’s senior transport specialist for Southeast Asia Shuji Kimura, “This project will encourage more Filipinos to switch from private vehicles to public transport. The project, to be built with cutting-edge technology for cantilever overhead walkways, will provide safe, inclusive, and equitable access for commuters while lowering CO2 emissions.”This project is part of the Metro Manila Transport Project to fix the problems of traffic in Metro Manila but because of the pandemic, was delayed. According to ADB, the project will not add extra problems to the commuters. Besides the funding that ADB has lent, a cash loan of $15 million from the ASEAN Catalytic Green Finance Facility, also supports the project.Contracts will soon be awarded in the first quarter of 2021.

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Philippine Resources - December 16, 2020

Test runs at max speed and other development for MRT-3

By Marcelle P. VillegasThe newly overhauled MRT-3 train was tested by running it at a maximum speed of 50 kph. Here is a view from the driver’s compartment on MRT-3 during test run last 29 October 2020. (Screenshot from Department of Transportation video) MRT-3 or the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 conducted test runs on its first newly overhauled train. The train was tested to run at a maximum speed of 50 kph. According to Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary Goddes Hope Libiran, the train is composed of three cars which was overhauled by Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The company is the maintenance provider of MRT-3. The test run was documented in a video blog of DOTr.Libiran said, “As part of the massive rehab and maintenance of Sumitomo from Japan, we can now overhaul train cars that have been long neglected and now, we are repairing them under the Duterte administration.”According to MRT-3 Director for Operations Michael Capati, aside from the three newly overhauled train cars, the MRT-3 also plans to overhaul the remaining 72 cars by July 2021. “In the past years, our trains broke down plenty of times. Now, one of the things Sumitomo is doing is to rehabilitate and do a general overhaul of our trains.” Capati mentioned that the MRT-3 management wants its trains to run at 50 kph by November 2020. [1]He said, “We have already increased our train operating speed to 30 kph to 40 kph in October. Now we are using this train to simulate a 50 kph operating speed, which we are hoping to implement by November.” Capati noted that the improved train speed was made possible by the overhaul of train cars and the rail replacements that were completed last September. He also said that MRT-3 increased the number of its trains running daily to a maximum of 22. “Our maintenance program is doing well and at the same time, this is the effect of our rail replacements.”MRT-3 tested the train operating speed at 40 kph last September. This reduces the average waiting time of passengers from nine minutes to seven minutes. Reference:[1] Dela Cruz, Raymond Carl (29 October 2020). Philippine News Agency. “MRT-3 conducts test runs on overhauled train at 50 kph”. Article and photo credit retrieved from - https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1120153

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