According to Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III, there will be four major infrastructure projects that are worth at least P124.4 billion including a railway will be implemented in Mindanao to drastically improve the region’s economic activity in the Future.
As cited by the Secretary, among the most beneficial projects for Mindanao is the P5.4-billion worth Irrigation Project in the Malitubong-Maridagao area. This is Irrigation Project Phase 2 located in North Cotabato and Maguindanao is expected to become completed this year. It will cater an estimated 10,000 hectares of land mass that supports around 56 areas that are conflict-stricken. Moreover, there is another project that focuses on Mindanao Logistics Infrastructure Network Project. The project is worth P98-billion and its goal is to enhance certain farm-to-market roads stretching up to 2,500 kilometers throughout the route in areas of Soccsksargen, Northern Mindanao, Davao, and reaching towards Caraga regions.
Another additional two projects are the Improving Growth Corridors in Mindanao Road Sector Project that is worth P21-billion. It aims to create and enhance a road network that is 276-km in length. The infrastructure project comes moving along the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga Sibugay; and of course, the most awaited Railway Project in Mindanao! According to the management of the government’s program named “Build, Build, Build” and as what is written in their website, the project is a 105-km Tagum-Davao City-Digos segment to connect major cities and economic zones in the area for faster transportation of people, goods, and services.
According to Cabinet Secretary Dominguez, the application of these major infrastructure investments in Mindanao will augment the pace of development in the island as he believes that by means of improving infrastructure is the fastest way to boost the economy.
In addition to the four major infrastructure projects that are cited above, the government also has a road construction and improvement project this year which is worth P23 billion in the Zamboanga Peninsula. Through the Department of Public Works and Highways, the project aims to implement a total of 754 roadworks.
The project’s allocation is composed of roadworks in Zamboanga City which is worth P1.6 billion. It focuses on creating a Road Project which is a 36-km Bypass that is estimated to be complete this year.
After its expected completion, the infrastructure will cater to the transport of products and services from numerous municipalities and cities in the Zamboanga Peninsula. This will specifically tackle the needs of Dipolog and Pagadian. It will also help boost economic activity as it connects to the Zamboanga Freeport Zone in Labuan, Zamboanga City. Furthermore, it aims to reduce for 30 minutes the necessary travel time from the eastern part towards the western section of Zamboanga city.
Aside from the efforts of the government to boost the infrastructure in the area, the Department of Finance also prioritizes the urgent need to rehabilitate the heavily damaged Marawi City. The Bangon Marawi Comprehensive Recovery and Rehabilitation Plan aims to restore the city to and is now near the final stages of processing.