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.”