Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Philippines to bid 60% of all infra projects in first half of 2009


Manila (PND) - President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo directed the Cabinet today to make sure that 60 percent of all programmed infrastructure projects are bid out during the first semester of 2009 and the implementation of most projects [are] carried out around-the-clock or in three eight-hour shifts.

The President issued the directive during the Cabinet and National Economic and Development Authority-Cabinet Group meeting in Taguig before she enplaned for Mindanao where she will inspect vital infrastructure projects in the South.

The directive was relayed by Cabinet Secretary Silvestre Bello III to Malacanang reporters, saying that the President ordered the fast-tracking of each agency's economic resiliency program (ERP).

Bello said Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. was also ordered to double check if the flyover from Luzon [Mindanao?] Avenue to C5 road is being constructed in a 24/7 mode. Once completed, this project will improve traffic flow in Metro Manila and help solve the problem of unemployment.

Bello added that the President also ordered the completion of farm-to market roads (FMRs) and the completion rate of irrigation projects must be at least 60 percent of the annual targets. An annual budget of P2 billion is allotted for FMRs and irrigation projects for 2007 to 2010.

Similarly, the President also called for the strict implementation of the Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) which to-date has employed 75,000 workers as shown by the figures from the National Anti- Poverty Commission (NAPC).

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