New priority projects in Western Visayas

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board has approved a total of 194 infrastructure flagship projects that will received priority status for development over the next five years under the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.

The said projects is said to support the government’s efforts to attract investors, generate more jobs, and address poverty in the country.

Of the 194 projects, 71 are continuing projects which were previously prioritized during the administration of former president Rodrigo Duterte. Meanwhile, 123 are new projects.

While some of the projects will benefit the whole country in general, there are 10 distinct projects located in Western Visayas. These include five continuing projects which are ongoing with the construction phase, detailed engineering design, and project preparation.

The other five are new priority projects which are in the project preparation stage or pre-project preparation stage. As defined in the DPWH Infrastructure Development Cycle, projects under the preparation stage are those projects which are set to undergo or currently undergoing feasibility study or advanced levels of study. The feasibility study consists of various investigations and tests necessary to determine whether the project can and should be carried out including the methods and schedule.

Meanwhile, pre-project preparation stage can be equated to project identification in the infrastructure development cycle wherein projects are identified for their potential and rapid assessment is undertaken to assess and estimate their possible returns on investment.

Below is the list of the 10 Infrastructure Flagship Projects we can expect to develop in the next years:

IDStatusProject NameDevelopment StageLead
19ContinuingBacolod-Negros Occidental Economic HighwayImplementationDPWH
21ContinuingBoracay Circumferential RoadImplementationDPWH
54ContinuingJalaur River Multipurpose Project, Stage IIImplementationNIA
38ContinuingPanay-Guimaras-Negros Island Bridges ProjectDetailed Engineering DesignDPWH
71ContinuingUpgrading and Improvement of Iloilo International Container PortProject PreparationPPA
106NewAntique Airport Development ProjectProject PreparationDOTr
131NewIloilo-Capiz-Aklan ExpresswayProject PreparationDPWH
144NewPanay River Basin Integrated Development ProjectProject PreparationNIA
163NewIloilo-Sta. Barbara Bus Rapid TransitPre-Project PreparationDOTr
178NewPanay Railway SystemPre-Project PreparationDOTr
Source: NEDA List of Infrastructure Flagship Projects as of March 9, 2023

These projects are part of the Build Better More program, a successor infrastructure development campaign of the Build, Build, Build program of the previous administration. The 194 projects are expected to cost PHP9 trillion in total and will be funded by various sources such as the general appropriations (the annual budget of the government), multilateral loans, foreign aids, and public-private partnership.

Published by Ilonggo Engineer

Ilonggo Engineer or Ray, is a civil engineer and a writer who strongly advocates for road safety, technology literacy, and social equity.

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