Monday, 25 January 2010

State agencies drafting national transport plan

J. A. D. Hermosa

A NATIONAL Transportation Plan which will identify network gaps and prescribe priority infrastructure is being drafted by the government, an official last week said, with the scheme due to be completed next month for possible approval of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) board.

"We are in the process of preparing a strategic and coherent national transport plan to decide which project should come ahead," NEDA Deputy Director-General Rolando G. Tungpalan told reporters at the sidelines of a competitiveness forum.

The Department of Transportation and Communications and the Department of Public Works and Highways are working with state planning agency on the scheme, Mr. Tungpalan added.

He claimed the plan would be different from previous roadmaps, like the infrastructure chapter of the existing 2004-2010 Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan for instance, as it will look at strategic "intermodal" links in the country’s transportation network such as connections between a city and a port.

Prioritization, Mr. Tungpalan added, will depend on two criteria: whether the infrastructure project will be located in a "growth area" and how much it will contribute to economic efficiency.

This comes as the Philippines repeatedly scored low in global competitiveness rankings last year, partly due to perceptions of inadequate physical infrastructure.

This year it placed higher in the World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index at 44th out of 155 economies because of the ease of arranging competitively priced shipments.

It ranked 64th, however, with respect to transport infrastructure.

1 comment:

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