The government's priorities among infrastructure projects include a new, P10-billion airport to serve Metro Manila, according to Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya.
Along with other government agencies, the DOTC will be mapping out key infrastructure projects over the months before the incumbent President's end of term, slated this 2016.
"Basically, the direction is that we need to come up with our final push for the last 18 months," issued Abaya, stating that the initiative should improve connectivity, access, and transportation "even beyond this administration."
The DOTC hopes to start reclamation by 2016 to push for the construction of the new airport. As per the recommendation on a study provided by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Sangley Point, in Cavite, stands as the most promising site.
The same JICA study highlights railway, road, and seaport projects that should solve Metro Manila's traffic situation by 2030. According to the study, traffic in capital costs the country P2.3 billion a day. It would rise to P6 billion daily by 2030, if left as it is.
"If nothing is done, the situation in 2030 will become a nightmare. All roads will be saturated. Negative impact on economic, social and environmental aspects will be so large deterring the function and livability of Metro Manila," stated the study.
JICA recommends spending P520 for infrastructure from 2014 to 2016, with P164.7 billion allotted for new expressways, and P178.8 billion for new railways.
Abaya has confirmed that the JICA proposal will serve as the "base template" for prioritized infrastructure initiatives.
"These will be key strategic game changing infrastructure projects," stated Abaya. "Hopefully, these will solve the headaches, woes and congestion of today and hopefully something that the next administration will continue."