P2.6 billion earmarked for Cebu’s infrastructure projects

By CHRISTIAN WAKEFIELD, Reporter

THE Regional Development Council in Region 7 has identified a whooping P2.6 billion worth of infrastructure projects–and were listed for implementation in the province of Cebu through the 2010 Annual Investment Plan (AIP).

The infrastructure projects earmarked for 2010 include the construction of new flyovers, rehabilitation of the old Mandaue-Mactan Bridge, rehabilitation of old bridges, land development at the Cebu South Road, and the construction of drainage facilities on both sides of the Mactan Circumferential Road.

The council endorsed the projects to the national government in their Annual Investment Plan (AIP). Nearly P8 billion worth of projects have been identified for the whole of Central Visayas.

Regional Director Marlene Rodriguez of the National Economic and Development Authority in Central Visayas (Neda-7) said the RDC already endorsed these projects to the national government for funding and implementation.

“The AIP will be the basis of the budget proposal of all government line agencies and GOCCs (Government Owned and Controlled Corporations),” she told the RDC during their recent meeting.

The AIP will provide the framework for the development and promotion of the region as a premier tourism destination. Its aim is to formulate an integrated sustainable tourism management plan for Central Philippines.

The STMP will identify environmental, infrastructure and community-based projects that will link and integrate the tourism development of the area.

In her 2006 State of the Nation Address, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said Central Philippines which consist of regions 5, 6, 7 and 8 would be the country’s premier tourism destination.

The STMP aims to provide direct international access, seamless interconnectivity and world class facilities and products. It is also focused on sustaining tourism product development, market connectivity and infrastructure development to improve the business environment by 2016.

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