• Publish Date : 7/26/2020 12:00:00 AM

    Aligned with the Duterte Administration' s vision to usher the nation into the Golden Age of Infrastructure, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) continues to work non-stop in transforming the country's transportation system into one that will provide better mobility and connectivity across all regions. With less than two years left under this Administration, the DOTr, under the strong-willed leadership of Secretary Arthur Tugade, has already forged ahead in giving the Filipinos long-term comfort and convenience, through the realization of transformational infrastructure projects, programs, and initiatives. AVIATION AND AIRPORTS SECTOR Air connectivity remains a vital enabler of economic growth and development. This is why the DOTr has been building new gateways and improving, rehabilitating and upgrading the country's existing airports, to link and bridge every region of the country and its people closer together. With this, the DOTr has already completed 121 airport projects, while 111 are ongoing. Among the notable airport projects are: MACTAN-CEBU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. The "World's Friendliest Resort Airport", is now FULLY operational and has been inaugurated in 2017. With the world-class architectural design of the airport, it has already won numerous international and local awards. On 14 January 2020, its new parallel taxi/second runway was inaugurated, which will further boost the airport's operational capacity. BICOL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. After 11 years of delay, the "Most Scenic Gateway" is now making a huge headway with 66.61% completion rate as of June 2020. Pre-feasibility study for this BIA started in 1996, and the Notice of Award was given in 2003. Targeted to be completed in December this year, the airport is envisioned to spur growth in the region with a boost in air traffic and tourist arrivals, as it is expected to accommodate two million passengers annually. BULACAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. This game-changing airport, with its planned state-of-the-art facilities and strategic location, is seen to complement the operations of the NAIA, and Clark International Airport. Construction work is set to commence within the year. CLARK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. The new Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) of CRK is 99.14% as of June 2020. This new PTB is seen to boost the operational capacity of the airport and triple its current passenger volume of 4.2 million to 12.2 million every year. Recently, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade has ordered the operationalization of Clark International Airport Terminal 2 by January 2021. Further, to augment the ongoing works for the new PTB, a new runway is also being built. With these developments, the vision for the airport to be "Asia's Next Premier Gateway" will surely turn into a reality. NAIA TERMINAL 2 REHABILITATION. To provide the air-riding public a leveled-up service, rehabilitation works for the country's main gateway, the NAIA, continue to roll on, and are targeted to be completed within the year. SANGLEY AIRPORT. Seen as one of the solutions to ease congestion at the NAIA, the construction of the airport was completed ahead of its original March 2020 target, and has already been inaugurated on February 2020. The airport is now utilized for general aviation and turboprop operations. and caters to commercial cargo operations. NIGHT RATING OF AIRPORTS. Lastly, to increase the operational efficiency of airports and reduce daytime flight congestion, the Duterte Administration has night-rated 22 commercial airports and is targeting to have 11 more by 2022. RAILWAYS SECTOR The DOTr aims to extend the current length of the country's railway lines, from 77 kilometers, to 1,900 kilometers by 2022 and beyond. To realize this vision, six (6) railway projects, namely: the Metro Manila Subway; Common Station; MRT-7; LRT-1 Cavite Extension; LRT-2 East Extension; and PNR Clark Phase 1 are now under construction. Eight (8) more rail lines are for construction. These are: the PNR Clark Phase 2; PNR Calamba; PNR Bicol; Subic-Clark; Mindanao Railway; LRT-2 West Extension; MRT-4; and Cebu Monorail. Moreover, the existing rail line of the MRT-3 is undergoing rehabilitation works. METRO MANILA SUBWAY. A pipe dream that is now turning into a reality, as the country's first-ever underground mass transport system broke ground on February 2019. Stretching across 36-kilometers, the rail line will run from Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City to NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City, reducing travel time from 1 hour and 10 minutes to just 45 minutes. In February 2020, other components of the Tunnel Boring Machine for the subway were unveiled, marking the start of the subway's construction phase. It is targeted to be partially operable by 2022. MRT-7. This 22-km. rail line, that will run from North Avenue Station all the way to San Jose Del Monte in Bulacan, is now halfway through completion, with 58.95% completion rate as of July 2020. Once completed by 2022, travel time will be shortened to 35 minutes, from the current 2 to 3 hours. MRT-3 REHABILITATION. To provide the riding public with a more efficient and effective service, the MRT-3 continues to be revitalized with massive and comprehensive rehabilitation works. To date, the ongoing rehabilitation is at 49.94%. Once completed in July 2021, commuters can expect an increase in the MRT-3’s number of train sets to be deployed from 15-20 during peak hours. Its speed will also be doubled from 30kph to 60kph, and waiting time will be trimmed down from 8.5 minutes down to 3.5 minutes. LRT-1 CAVITE EXTENSION. After nearly two decades and three administrations, the construction for the LRT-1 Cavite Extension has finally commenced. As of July 2020, the project is now 47.77% complete. This project, which will lengthen the existing LRT Line 1 from Baclaran to Niog in Bacoor, Cavite, will cut travel time from 1 hour and 10 minutes to only 25 minutes. The project is targeted to be partially operable in 2021. LRT-2 EAST EXTENSION. To aid commuters from Manila going to Antipolo, the DOTr has started the construction of a 3.8-km. extension of the existing LRT-2 line, with a completion rate of 90.60% as of July 2020. The extension project, which will reduce travel time from hours via bus or jeepney to just 40 minutes via rail transit, will be inaugurated and operational in April 2021. COMMON STATION. After nine (9) years of delay, finally, the construction of the Common Station is now moving 24/7, with Area B Atrium already completed. This 13,700-sqm. concourse area, which will connect MRT-3, MRT-7, LRT-1 and the Metro Manila Subway, is eyed for completion by 2021. Envisoned to connect Central Luzon, Metro Manila, and CALABARZON, the massive North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) Project will have three (3) railway projects. These are: PNR CLARK PHASE 1 (Tutuban - Malolos). The 38-km. rail line will connect Tutuban, Manila to Malolos, Bulacan, reducing travel time from approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to just 35 minutes. As its construction continues to roll with a completion rate of 39.70% as of July 2020, the segment is targeted to be partially operable by December 2021. PNR CLARK PHASE 2 (Malolos - Clark). ROW acquisition for this 53-km rail line segment—which will connect Malolos, Bulacan to Clark International Airport—is currently ongoing, as well as the procurement for its civil works, electromechanical and rolling stocks packages. As of July 2020, the project has reached 26.15%. Once partially operable by 2022, travel time will be trimmed down to just 30-35 minutes, from the original 1 hour and 30 minutes. This leg will also feature the country's first airport rail express. PNR CALAMBA (SOLIS - CALAMBA). This 56-km. leg will run from Solis, Manila to Calamba, Laguna. As of July 2020, the project is standing at 20.43%, with ROW acquisition and procurement for civil works packages currently ongoing. Once partially operable by 2024, travel time will be shortened to 1 hour, from 3 hours. EXPANSION OF ROUTES AND ADDITION OF NEW TRAINS FOR THE PNR. To serve more passengers and further enhance its service, the PNR has added brand new trains to its fleet, such as the Dieasel Multiple Units (DMUs) and passenger coaches from Indonesia and Japan. It has also expanded its routes from Malabon City to IRRI, Laguna. Now, the rail line has a total of 29 operational stations. PNR BICOL. This 639-km railway system will run from Manila to Legazpi, Albay and Matnog, Sorsogon, with a spur line to Batangas City, Batangas. It is seen to reduce travel time from 13 hours to just 6 hours, once completed. As of July 2020, the project is 18.56% complete, and the contract for the delivery of new trains have already been signed. Partial operations of the railway line will commence in 2022. MINDANAO RAILWAY PHASE 1 (TAGUM-DAVAO-DIGOS). This is the first-ever railway in Mindanao, stretching across 100 kilometers, from Tagum City, Davao del Norte to Davao City, to Digos City, Davao del Sur. At present, the pre-construction works and ROW acquisition for the project are underway. Once completed, travel time will be trimmed down from 3.5 hours to just 1.3 hours. It is targeted to be partially operable by the fourth quarter of 2022, and fully operable by 2023. PHILIPPINE RAILWAYS INSTITUTE. This is the first-ever research and training center in the Philippine railways industry, established under the DOTr as the planning, implementation and regulating agency for human resources development in the railways sector, following Executive Order EO 96, signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. MARITIME SECTOR Immense improvements and advancements have been made in the country's seaports across all regions, which play a key role in boosting maritime connectivity and mobility. The DOTr and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) have completed 189 commercial port projects, with 37 ongoing. These include the completed port projects which were virtually inaugurated even amid the pandemic, namely: the Port of Borac in Coron, Palawan; Port of Cawit in Boac, Marinduque; Port of Estancia in Iloilo; Port of Iligan in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte; Port of Jagna in Bohol; Port of Mansalay in Oriental Mindoro; Port of Ozamiz in Misamis Occidental; Port of San Fernando in El Nido, Palawan; Port of Tagbilaran in Bohol; Port of Malalag in Davao Del Sur; Port of Currimao in Ilocos Sur; Port of Masao in Agusan del Norte; and two separate projects for Iloilo Commercial Port Complex. Moreover, the DOTr, through its maritime sector, have completed 180 social and tourism port projects, while 71 are ongoing. Completed port projects include, the Port of Quinapondan in Eastern Samar; Port of Villaba in Brgy. Silad, Villaba, Leyte; Port of Kawayan in Kawayan, Biliran; Port of Hindan in Hindang, Leyte; Port of Carigara in Carigara, Leyte; Port of Polloc in Parang Maguindanao; Port of Albuera in Albuera, Leyte; and Port of Llorente in Llorente, Eastern Samar, among others. ROAD TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURE Comfortable, safe, and accessible terminals are what the Filipino people deserve. That's why, the DOTr has built intermodal landports, to ease traffic woes. PARAÑAQUE INTEGRATED TERMINAL EXCHANGE. As the first-ever landport in the Philippines, the PITX has been launched and has officially opened to the public in November 2018, to serve as a transfer point for commuters, with world-class features and high standard of service. TAGUIG CITY INTEGRATED TERMINAL EXCHANGE. This aims to provide seamless interconnectivity for commuters going to Metro Manila from Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, and vice versa. Once operational, the facility will be able to accommodate around 4,069 buses and 160,000 passengers daily. To further complement the two land terminals for a more-improved traffic flow in and out of the Metro, the North Integrated Terminal Exchange will also be built soon. FUTURE GREENWAYS. With the upcoming railway systems, greenways play a key role for commuters, as these will pave the way for easier access to key rail stations, and will provide safe, secure, and efficient mobility for cyclists. Thus, the DOTr has started preparing for the establishment of greenways along EDSA and in Makati - Bonifacio Global City. To improve the country's bus-based transit system, bus rapid transits are also on the way, such as the Quezon Avenue Bus Rapid Transit and the Cebu Integrated and Intermodal Transport System - Bus Rapid Transit. To provide Davaoeños a more efficient and economically viable mode of public transport, the Davao Public Transport Modernization Project has been launched, and is now approved by the NEDA Board, with the memorandum of agreement to be signed this July 2020. EDSA PROTECTED BIKE LANES. With an aim to promote the use of active mode of transport, the DOTr, in partnership with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), commenced with the ground works and mobilization of the protected bike lanes. The project will be done in two phases, interim and long-term. Targeted to be completed in November 2020, the bike lanes will provide 1.5 meters space for cyclists. EDSA BUSWAY. In an effort to transform the traffic system and rework lanes in EDSA, the EDSA Busway has been established, which reduced the 61 routes of 3,340 bus units traversing through EDSA into only one integrated, dedicated bus service. The interim operations of the EDSA Busway started on 1 July 2020, with 16 stops being constructed by the MMDA and the DPWH. Construction for this now stand at 80% completion rate. Further, the DOTr has already procured 36,000 concrete barriers, which will be established to segregate the bus lanes, located on the innermost lanes of EDSA. Under the Duterte Administration, the DOTr remains firm and committed to bring comfort and convenience to the riding public, as it works hand-in-hand with its attached agencies in the sectors of aviation, railways, maritime, and road. At the DOTr, we remain driven to deliver various transport infrastructure projects, programs, and initiatives, that will enhance the mobility and connectivity across the archipelago,and that which shall then lead to a comfortable life for every Filipino. ###