Infrastructure Update: Philippines National Transport Policy Adopted

Infrastructure Update | July 14
Authors: Sunita Kapoor, Jack Myint, Ben Black
 
LOOKING AHEAD
 
 

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THE COUNCIL'S TAKE
 
 

Philippines National Transport Policy Adopted

On June 27, the National Economic Development Authority(NEDA) Board adopted the Duterte Administration’s development plan for 2017-2022, in addition to approving 11 separate projects. The development plan includes thousands of projects, 75 of which have been identified as flagship projects of the administration and approved to proceed with a total budget of nearly US$ 40 billion. To see the full list, please click here. The eleven separate projects approved by the NEDA Board include railway projects for segments such as Tagum-Davao-Digos in Mindanao and Malolos-Clark in Luzon, expansion of the Clark International Airport, and a new Automated Air Traffic Management System based in Manila. The approval of President Duterte’s multi-year development plan is a major accomplishment in the administration’s agenda to massively improve infrastructure throughout the Philippines. The funding for projects varies from private or local backing to the direct investment of federal government funds. Although the NEDA’s decision, chaired by President Duterte, did not come as a surprise, the Council will closely monitor subsequent events as work on infrastructure projects begin in earnest. Since coming to office last year, President Duterte has promised to spend US$ 180 billion on infrastructure projects by 2022. Most of the projects on the initial list of 75 are focused on creating infrastructure capacity in urban areas, with large amounts of public funds being allocated for construction contracts.

Philippines, China Agree First Road and Bridge Partnership

China and the Philippines have agreed to a joint project to construct two Metro Manila bridges. The Pasig River bridge projects, including the Binondo-Intramuros bridge and the Estrella-Pantelon bridge, will be financed by a Chinese grant, which is estimated to be about US$ 75 million. Both will be four lane bridges designed with the assistance of Chinese technical teams. While this marks the first Chinese-funded bridge and road infrastructure project in the Philippines, it signals the growing relationship between the Duterte Administration and China, and the role Beijing will play in achieving President Duterte’s infrastructure goal of US$ 180 billion by 2022. A further Chinese grant will be provided to explore the feasibility of the Panay-Guimaras-Negros Link Bridges and the Davao City Expressway, and it is expected that further projects will be announced in the near future. While these investments have been characterized as support grants, these projects represent the potential for increased cooperation as part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative amid friendlier relations between Manila and Beijing.

Singapore, Malaysia Plan High-Speed Rail Company Project

On July 4, Malaysia’s MyHSR Corporation and the Land Transport Authority of Singapore announced plans for a Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail project, detailing an asset company that will set the harmonized regulatory standards and procurement processes for companies bidding to take part in the project. The highest value will be placed on companies that exhibit proven technology, operations flexibility, and customer-centric design. The asset company will also look for bidding companies that are financially sustainable and present a collaborative implementation of their project portion. The construction cost has been estimated at just over US$ 10 billion, with plans to tender a private entity to oversee construction by late 2017. The initial agreement also planned to tender a private operator in late 2023, with specific mention that international entities may take part in the bidding process. Singapore’s rail terminal will be on the current site of the Jurong Country Club, while stops in Malaysia will include Kuala Lumpur (Badar Malaysia Station), Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer, Muar, Batu Pahat, and Iskandar Puteri. While the system is not expected to operate until December 2026, the harmonization of standards and initial regulations are a promising step toward realizing the project, which was laid out in a legally binding agreement in December of 2016.

 
IN THIS UPDATE
 
 
Brunei
Works in place to fully restore water supply to Kampong Menunggol

Cambodia
More than $1bn invested in local infrastructure
Lancang-Mekong exhibition opens in Cambodia to promote regional trade, investment
A quantum leap for Cambodia’s telcos
China donates 98 buses, 2 wreckers to Cambodia for Public Transport
Trump's Potential Cuts to USAID Could Put Cambodia's Environment on the Chopping Block
80 pct of Cambodian gov't investment goes to infrastructure: official
700 global leaders just met in Cambodia. Here's what happened

Indonesia
Infrastructure in Indonesia: Campaign Promises Kept?
Funding Indonesia's Infrastructure Push; Eyeing Foreign Pension Funds
Infrastructure in Indonesia: Update Jakarta-Surabaya Railway
Govt seeks Rp 467.3t deficit increase for infrastructure development
Public Works Ministry slashes Rp 517b from state budget
Jokowi asked to reevaluate Bengkulu infrastructure projects
Indonesia: IFC injects $150m debt facility into IIF

Laos
Laos-Thailand railway extension construction back on track

Malaysia
Najib: MRT line a holistic network
MoF issues request for proposals to develop Bandar Malaysia
Singapore, Malaysia unveil details of upcoming tender for high-speed rail assets company
Iskandar to be three times the size of Singapore, says FT report
New Malaysian financial district taking shape in KL

Myanmar
CCEA clears widening of Manipur-Myanmar highway stretch
Burma: Villagers allegedly ‘trapped’ during land grab operation for Thilawa project
Regional govt to build bridges, underground road system | Eleven Myanmar
New Hantharwaddy airport to finalise plans in early 2018
Local airlines squeezed by expensive petrol and taxation 
Urbanisation does not mean all roads lead to Yangon
Myanmar to conduct inland ports consultation
Myanmar plans more electricity access to rural areas
Myanmar to invite private companies to build pedestrian overpasses in Yangon

Philippines
Germany offers aid in maritime, aviation, rail development
SBMA chief outlines Subic infra development plan
More infrastructure work on launch pad
Mindanao grid WESM integration trials begin
Foreign bank shows interest in Mindanao railway project
AIIB to help finance Manila flood management project
Tugade eyes 2020 opening of Manila-Clark railway system
DOTr wants China to fund Manila-Bicol railway project
DPWH looking for water impounding sites in Manila
DTI lauds new investments in support of infra program
PH eyes AIIB on funding of infra projects
P300-B Manila-Clark railway project set to start
DPWH to use drones in monitoring infra projects
‘Build’ program may yield results in 3 years
China, PH ink deal for two Pasig River bridge projects
Projects readied for NEDA Board approval
Transport dominates P738-B projects up for NEDA OK
China trade initiative seen to benefit PH
9 infra projects up for Neda board nod
House leader assures ample funding for ‘Dutertenomics’
D.O.E., DPWH agreement eases ROW acquisitions
Government readies Clark airport offer to investors
Skyway Stage 3 project 28.7% complete, operational in 3 years 

Singapore
Safe and free flow of goods key to realising potential of China's Belt and Road Initiative: DPM Teo

Thailand
Chinese interested in EEC link
Thailand Invests $6 Billion at Top Airports to Boost Capacity
Thailand, China to Sign $5 Billion Rail Infrastructure Agreement
Thailand Says $44 Billion Project Can Link to Belt and Road

Vietnam
Vietnam: Joint ventures more preferred for equity investment in real estate
Government looks to private sector for help building infrastructure
Smart cities: intelligent infrastructure for Vietnam’s grid
 
ARTICLE CLIPS
 
 
Brunei

Works in place to fully restore water supply to Kampong Menunggol Borneo Bulletin Online 29th Jun 2017
The Public Works Department (JKR) under the Ministry of Development confirmed that it received complaints of water disruption to Kampong Menunggol on June 23. An investigation determined a serious pipe leakage at the base river. An alternative supply pipe was established through the bridge at Kampong Bolkiah B to enable water to be supplied to Kampong Menunggol residents, while repair work was carried out. The installation of valves and piping equipment was completed on June 24, with the water supply partially restored the next day.

Cambodia

More than $1bn invested in local infrastructure Khmer Times 13th Jul 2017
Cambodia has invested more than $1 billion on infrastructure, especially on transport, a senior official at the Ministry of Economy and Finance says.The figure represents about 80 percent of the government’s annual investment.

Lancang-Mekong exhibition opens in Cambodia to promote regional trade, investment Xinhua 13th Jul 2017
Visitors walk by a model of China's next generation bullet train "Fuxing" during the Economic and Technological Exhibition for Lancang-Mekong Cooperation in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on July 13, 2017. The Exhibition opened on Thursday as part of Lancang-Mekong countries' efforts to boost regional trade and investment. (Xinhua/Sovannara)

A quantum leap for Cambodia’s telcos Phnom Penh Post 13th Jul 2017
As in the rest of the world, everyday Cambodian life is dominated by the use of smartphones, with consumers glued to social media, streaming videos and staying up-to-date with the latest breaking news and spreading viral content.ed.

China donates 98 buses, 2 wreckers to Cambodia for Public Transport Xinhua 13th Jul 2017
PHNOM PENH, July 13 (Xinhua) -- China donated 98 buses and two wreckers to Cambodia on Thursday for public transport service expansion in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia.

Trump's Potential Cuts to USAID Could Put Cambodia's Environment on the Chopping Block Pacific Standard 12th Jul 2017
The U.S. remains—at least for now—the world's foremost power, so the economic impacts of Trump's policies will reverberate around the globe, affecting nations big and small, such as the burgeoning Southeast Asian nation of Cambodia.tter. 

80 pct of Cambodian gov't investment goes to infrastructure: official Xinhua 7th Jul 2017
PHNOM PENH, July 7 (Xinhua) -- About 80 percent of the Cambodian government's annual investment of more than 1 billion U.S. dollars is focused on infrastructure development, especially transport infrastructure, Finance Ministry Secretary of State Vongsey Vissoth said on Friday.

700 global leaders just met in Cambodia. Here's what happened World Economic Forum 9th Jul 2017
Young people, technology and inclusive growth were the key themes of the World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2017, which brought together over 700 leaders from 40 countries. After three days of sessions, here are some of the key moments from the meeting.

Indonesia

Infrastructure in Indonesia: Campaign Promises Kept? Brink News 13th Jul 2017
After being overshadowed for decades by debates over the roles that trade policy and financial liberalization play in generating economic growth, developing quality infrastructure has reasserted itself as a top development priority. Success in infrastructure can bring spectacular gains in growth, exemplified by China.

Funding Indonesia's Infrastructure Push; Eyeing Foreign Pension Funds Indonesia Investments 11th Jul 2017
Indonesia seeks to collect some USD $10 billion worth of investment to fund power plant projects, toll road projects and other infrastructure projects over the next couple of years.

Infrastructure in Indonesia: Update Jakarta-Surabaya Railway Indonesia Investments 8th Jul 2017
The prefeasibility study is being conducted by the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (in Indonesian: Badan Pengkajian dan Penerapan Teknologi, or BPPT) and the Directorate General of Railways (Jenderal Perkeretaapian). Pandjaitan said the government will wait for this study as well as for the initial reaction of Japan before departing to Japan, known for its expertise in terms of railway construction, to discuss the project in great detail.

Govt seeks Rp 467.3t deficit increase for infrastructure development The Jakarta Post 11th Jul 2017
The government is seeking to increase the budget deficit by Rp 467.3 trillion (US$34.91 billion) for development financing this year, as shown in the draft of the 2017 Revised State Budget under discussion by government officials and the House of Representatives. Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution said the deficit increase was needed by the government for infrastructure development.

Public Works Ministry slashes Rp 517b from state budget The Jakarta Post 7th Jul 2017
Public Works and Public Housing Ministry, in charge of infrastructure development, has slashed Rp 517.7 billion (US$38.6 million) from the total of Rp 104.69 trillion in the original 2017 state budget. The move came after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo issued Presidential Instruction No. 4/2017 on efficiency requiring ministries and other government institutions to cut their spending, particularly for less urgent projects or programs.

Jokowi asked to reevaluate Bengkulu infrastructure projects Antara News 24th Jun 2017
Bengkulu Civilian Community Group has asked President Joko Widodo to reconsider and reevaluate all infrastructure projects in that province. The call came after the arrest of Bengkulu Governor Ridwan Mukti by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). Most of the major infrastructure projects have been proposed by the governor and are already approved by Jakarta.

Indonesia: IFC injects $150m debt facility into IIF DealStreetAsia 6th Jul 2017
International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private lending arm of the World Bank, will inject a debt package of $150 million into Indonesia Infrastructure Finance (IIF), a Jakarta-based investment company for infrastructure projects.

Laos

Laos-Thailand railway extension construction back on track The Nation 28th Jun 2017
Deputy Director General of the Lao Railway Department under the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Mr Sonesack N. Nhansana, told Vientiane Times yesterday that authorities in charge are working toward organising a bidding process to seek a consultant firm and contractor to carry out construction at the expected date. To be developed under the phase II, the extended line will be built over a distance of 7.5km to link the track from the outlying Thanalaeng railway station in Hadxaifong district to Khamsavat village in inner Saysettha district. Laos now has only 3.5 km of rail line linking its capital with Thailand’s Nong Khai province via the Laos-Thailand Friendship Bridge. When the extension is complete, it will boast 11 km of track.

Malaysia

Najib: MRT line a holistic network The Star Online 12th Jul 2017
PETALING JAYA: The fully operational Sungai Buloh-Kajang MRT line on July 17 will provide a “holistic network” to commuters, with easier access to schools, places of worship, and healthcare centres, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

MoF issues request for proposals to develop Bandar Malaysia The Star Online 5th Jul 2017
The Ministry of Finance (MoF) is issuing the request for proposal (RFP) on Wednesday for companies interested in taking part in the Bandar Malaysia project. MoF secretary-general Tan Sri Irwan Serigar Abdullah told reporters on Wednesday government has been receiving enquiries for more details on the project. "We are opening up (the RFP) today. We are waiting for parties to come and take the RFP. "Among the criteria is that the company must be in the Fortune 500 list," he said. Asked if the developer must be a foreign firm, he said it was open to all. "Of course there is criteria in the RFP that local content must be met," he told reporters at the sidelines of the RHB Regional Conference 2017 here on Wednesday. Last month,  Irwan said the MoF would soon issue a RFP for parties interested in participating in the Bandar Malaysia project.

Singapore, Malaysia unveil details of upcoming tender for high-speed rail assets company The Business Times 5th Jul 2017
Singaporean and Malaysian authorities on Wednesday shared details with industry partners on what they expect of the company that will play a central role in the development of the high-speed rail linking the two countries. The assets company for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail project is expected to show commitment in seven areas, chief of all safety and security, and availability and reliability in the delivery of the system. This company will design, build, finance and maintain all rolling stock and rail assets. The company is also expected to develop and implement a network code that will apply to all persons and entities involved in the project.

Iskandar to be three times the size of Singapore, says FT report The Star Online 3rd Jul 2017
PETALING JAYA: Iskandar Malaysia is poised to become three times the size of Singapore when it is completed by its expected date of 2025, says the Financial Times (FT). The newspaper dubbed the special economic zone as “Malaysia’s Shenzhen” because it is geared to become a manufacturing and technology hub.

New Malaysian financial district taking shape in KL The Straits Times 21st Jun 2017
Malaysia's newest financial district is taking shape and drawing investment after spending years mired in controversy for its links to an embattled state investment fund. The Tun Razak Exchange, or TRX, reached critical mass for its initial phase after HSBC Holdings this month said it will invest US$250 million (S$347 million) to build its local headquarters in the development, said TRX City chief executive officer Azmar Talib.

Myanmar

CCEA clears widening of Manipur-Myanmar highway stretch - Times of India The Times of India 13th Jul 2017
The government today said it has cleared the widening and upgradation of a national highway stretch from Imphal to Myanmar border that will eventually go up to Thailand and Malaysia under an Asian Highway project. The 65 km Imphal-Moreh stretch in Manipur on NH 39 is part of the project to connect India with Southeast Asian nations.

Burma: Villagers allegedly ‘trapped’ during land grab operation for Thilawa project Asian Correspondent 12th Jul 2017
Some 39 families in Thilawa SEZ are 'trapped' by a heavy police presence, says a rights group. Source: ERI LOCAL police and Thilawa town officials have erected a wall around the homes of 39 families in the port town, purportedly as part of an “aggressive” land confiscation operation for the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) project, a rights group claimed on Wednesday.

Regional govt to build bridges, underground road system | Eleven Myanmar Eleven Myanmar 12th Jul 2017
The regional government plans to build bridges and an underground road system to connect Yangon’s older and newer sections, announced Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein on July 11. “Yangon is densely populated, and the regional government plans to expand its area. We plan to build a new town on the opposite side of the Yangon River and the old town. It is not well developed. So we are preparing to build new bridges and an underground road system. We intend to make Yangon beautiful and keep the Yangon River in the middle of town,” said Phyo Min Thein.

New Hantharwaddy airport to finalise plans in early 2018 The Myanmar Times 11th Jul 2017
New Hantharwaddy airport to finalise plans in early 2018 Myanmar's Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) is set to sign the final agreement for the construction of Hantharwaddy International Airport in early 2018, the agency’s deputy director general told The Myanmar Times.

Local airlines squeezed by expensive petrol and taxation  The Myanmar Times 11th Jul 2017
Local airlines squeezed by expensive petrol and taxation  Expensive petrol and high tax rate limit the expansion of local airlines and development of the aviation industry, according to the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), airline companies and stakeholders in the tourism industry.

Urbanisation does not mean all roads lead to Yangon The Myanmar Times 11th Jul 2017
Urbanisation does not mean all roads lead to Yangon Linking secondary cities to Yangon or Mandalay as well as smaller towns in the regions will filter down economy activity in the two big cities to local regions, the author of Urban Myanmar said. Urban Myanmar, a policy note published by International Growth Centre, outlines how cities in Myanmar can become drivers of economic growth and how their negative effects can be avoided.

Myanmar to conduct inland ports consultation Mizzima 8th Jul 2017
As part of its plans to expand Myanmar's economy, the government will open consultations on Saturday with regional authorities to initiate six new inland water port terminals, four on the Ayeyarwaddy River and two on the Chindwin River.

Myanmar plans more electricity access to rural areas Mizzima 6th Jul 2017
Myanmar government is planning to provide electricity to rural areas in southwestern Ayeyawaddy region by inviting investment to create a micro-electrical generation and grid system, local media reported Wednesday. Under the project, a total of 52 village tracts from 26 townships in the Ayeyawaddy region will receive electricity supply. The micro-power plant will be established as a pilot project between two townships in the region. The production of electricity will be different depending on the characteristics of local areas as it is suitable to generate wind and solar power in areas nearby the beach and bio gas in areas having paddy husks, according to local authorities.

Myanmar to invite private companies to build pedestrian overpasses in Yangon Xinhua 22nd Jun 2017
The Yangon municipal authorities will invite private companies to build pedestrian overpasses in the former capital city this fiscal year, official media reported Thursday. Previously, overpass bridges were constructed by the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), but starting this year such projects will be transferred to private entrepreneurs through tender process.

Philippines

Germany offers aid in maritime, aviation, rail development Business World 5th Jul 2017
GERMANY has expressed interest in helping develop the Philippines’ maritime, rail and aviation sectors, yesterday kicking off by signing of a letter of intent to cooperate in the maritime industry to facilitate improved connectivity between the two countries.

SBMA chief outlines Subic infra development plan philstar.com 30th Jun 2017
A sprawling industrial zone, a bypass road and an upgraded airport are among the key infrastructure projects in the pipeline by the current Subic administration.

More infrastructure work on launch pad Business World 29th Jun 2017
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte is ending his first year in office on June 30 with more infrastructure and other projects -- cumulatively worth some P304.45 billion -- ready for launch, having bagged final approval from the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board in its meeting last Wednesday.

Mindanao grid WESM integration trials begin Business World 29th Jun 2017
THE trial integration of the Mindanao grid into the wholesale electricity spot market (WESM) has so far involved 41 participants, and a test of the system for three months is expected before commercial operations start.

Foreign bank shows interest in Mindanao railway project Malaya 28th Jun 2017
Global banking giant Standard Chartered Bank has expressed interest in providing financial and technical assistance to the Philippines particularly in the proposed railway system in Mindanao, the Department of Finance (DOF) said in a statement yesterday.

AIIB to help finance Manila flood management project The Manila Times 27th Jun 2017
China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has agreed to co-finance the first phase of the Metro Manila Flood Management Project. This was disclosed by Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, who represented the Philippines in the AIIB meeting in Jeju Island, South Korea early this month.

Tugade eyes 2020 opening of Manila-Clark railway system Inquirer.net 27th Jun 2017
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade is pushing for the Philippine National Railway’s (PNR) Manila-Clark line to be opened in 2020, or a year earlier than expected. Based on the study made by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica), the railway system is set to be completed by the last quarter of 2021. But during Monday’s marking ceremonies for five train stations, Tugade asked Japanese officials assisting the government in the roll-out of the P255-billion project that they finish it a year early.

DOTr wants China to fund Manila-Bicol railway project Inquirer.net 26th Jun 2017
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) plans to tap a loan from the Chinese government to build a railway project linking Manila to Bicol region, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said on Monday.

DPWH looking for water impounding sites in Manila Inquirer.net 26th Jun 2017
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is looking for other sites in Manila where water retarding ponds can be built to prevent flooding in the city’s low-lying areas. Although the agency is looking at a number of potential sites, Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said some of the property owners did not agree with the idea of an underground retarding pond.

DTI lauds new investments in support of infra program philstar.com 23rd Jun 2017
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Trade and Industry has lauded the expansion activities being undertaken by manufacturers in support of the Duterte administration’s infrastructure development agenda. 

PH eyes AIIB on funding of infra projects Manila Bulletin Business 23rd Jun 2017
The Duterte administration is looking forward to working with the Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which has already made “great strides” in providing financial support to its partners even if it has been in operation for just two years, a cabinet official said.

P300-B Manila-Clark railway project set to start Manila Bulletin News 23rd Jun 2017
The construction of the first part of the P300-billion railway project that will link Manila to Clark is expected to start any time soon as the Department of Transportation (DOTr) is scheduled to mark the first four stations of the project on Monday.

DPWH to use drones in monitoring infra projects philstar.com 22nd Jun 2017
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) intends to monitor infrastructure projects throughout the country using high-tech gadgets like drones to defeat graft and corruption and increase transparency. 

‘Build’ program may yield results in 3 years Manila Bulletin Business 22nd Jun 2017
The country may start getting a glimpse of what is touted as “the golden age of infrastructure” in the next three years which would come out as the direct result of Duterte Administration’s ambitious “Build, Build, Build” program, according to Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade.

China, PH ink deal for two Pasig River bridge projects CNN 22nd Jun 2017
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 22) - The Philippines and China inked a deal for two Metro Manila bridges across the Pasig River, bringing the two countries a step closer to the construction of their first-ever road and bridge partnership project under the Duterte administration.

Projects readied for NEDA Board approval Business World 21st Jun 2017
NINE infrastructure projects -- cumulatively worth some P738 billion -- will be up for approval when the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board -- led by President Rodrigo R. Duterte -- meets next week, the chief socioeconomic planner said yesterday.

Transport dominates P738-B projects up for NEDA OK philstar.com 21st Jun 2017
Nine flagship projects, with a collective value of P738 billion, are slated for approval by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) board by the end of the month, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and NEDA chief Ernesto Pernia said yesterday.

China trade initiative seen to benefit PH Inquier.net 21st Jun 2017
The Philippine is assured of benefiting from China’s mega-project on infrastructure as Beijing’s “One Belt One Road” (Obor) Initiative dovetails with the Duterte administration’s own “Build, Build, Build” drive, according to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III.

9 infra projects up for Neda board nod Inquier.net 21st Jun 2017
Nine infrastructure projects with a combined cost of more than P738 billion are up for approval by the National Economic Development Authority (Neda) board meeting next week, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said yesterday.

House leader assures ample funding for ‘Dutertenomics’ | BusinessMirror BusinessMirror 11th Jul 2017
The chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations on Tuesday assured funding support for the infrastructure modernization program of the Duterte administration.In a news statement, PDP-Laban Rep. Karlo Nograles of Davao City vowed that the government would have enough funds to make this happen.

D.O.E., DPWH agreement eases ROW acquisitions BusinessMirror 11th Jul 2017
TO fortify the Duterte administration’s aggressive infrastructure development, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Energy (DOE) inked on Monday a joint circular to ease right-of-way (ROW) acquisitions.

Government readies Clark airport offer to investors Business World 5th Jul 2017
THE GOVERNMENT will offer to investors this month the P12.55-billion Clark International Airport Expansion Project that will test the waters for a “hybrid” financing scheme that will see a mix of official development assistance (ODA), state funding and public-private partnerships (PPP), the head of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said yesterday.

Skyway Stage 3 project 28.7% complete, operational in 3 years | BusinessMirror BusinessMirror 29th Jun 2017
Having been delayed for two years from the original target completion target of January 2018 due to the slow delivery of right of way (ROW), the third portion of the Metro Manila Skyway is now about a third complete, data from the Public-Private Partnership Center showed.

Singapore

Safe and free flow of goods key to realising potential of China's Belt and Road Initiative: DPM Teo TODAYonline 13th Jul 2017
SINGAPORE — The safe and free flow of goods is key to realising the full potential of large investments that have been made to boost connectivity and transport linkages cross four continents under China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.

Thailand

Chinese interested in EEC link Bangkok Post 12th Jul 2017
China is considering an investment to link Thailand's Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) and Kunming's special economic zone (SEZ) as the mainland looks to build a consolidated supply chain.

Thailand Invests $6 Billion at Top Airports to Boost Capacity Skift 1st Jul 2017
Thailand’s tourism bounty comes with a big challenge for the head of state-run Airports of Thailand Pcl: expanding passenger capacity in Bangkok by about the size of South Korea’s population.

Thailand, China to Sign $5 Billion Rail Infrastructure Agreement VOA 30th Jun 2017
In a major boost to Thailand's transportation infrastructure, the military government is set to sign a more than $5 billion agreement with China for a high-speed rail network.

Thailand Says $44 Billion Project Can Link to Belt and Road Bloomberg 22nd Jun 2017
Thailand said a $44 billion plan to add infrastructure and upgrade industry on its eastern seaboard can link up with China’s Belt and Road Initiative, as part of a push to encourage economic growth.

Vietnam

Vietnam: Joint ventures more preferred for equity investment in real estate DealStreetAsia 12th Jul 2017
Joint ventures are the most preferred route for investors in the Vietnamese real estate sector since the beginning of this year, as they seek to combine the assets owned by local developers with the capital and expertise of foreign companies.

Government looks to private sector for help building infrastructure - News VietNamNet VietnamNet 11th Jul 2017
Government looks to private sector for help building infrastructure The Vietnam government fully understands that to compete for foreign direct investment with other Asian countries over the long term— low wages aren’t sufficient, says leading economist Eugenia Victorino.

Smart cities: intelligent infrastructure for Vietnam’s grid | Lexology Lexology 11th Jul 2017
If not already mesmerised by the traffic, visitors to Vietnam’s large cities often comment on the mass of cables that hang like jungle vines across the streets. Along with the ubiquitous motorcycle, the sight of electrical poles that look more like birds’ nests is emblematic of modern-day Vietnam. It is also a clear sign that the country’s power infrastructure has some serious catching up to do.