THE JAPAN International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will develop an expanded highway network master plan that is intended to ease traffic congestion along national roads and boost investments in the regions.
DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar and JICA Philippines Office Chief Representative Susumo Ito yesterday signed the Records of Discussion (RD) for the second phase of the JICA-assisted High Standard Highway (HSH) Network Development Master Plan, a follow-up on the master plan drafted in 2010.
The first study covered areas within the 200-kilometer radius from Metro Manila, Metro Cebu, and the Tagum-Davao-General Santos Corridor in Mindanao.
The new HSH plan will cover the entire Philippines and identify infrastructure projects that could be implemented until 2040.
“The project complements the Build, Build, Build program of the Duterte administration as it will define a comprehensive and quality highway network and infrastructure priorities in the entire Philippines, and revitalize economic activities at the regional level,” said Mr. Ito in a statement released by JICA.
The study will also factor in resilience against disasters and hazards as presented in the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan 2011-2028.
“Through this initiative, JICA also aims to support the Philippines in building resiliency against natural disasters since the study will promote quality infrastructure, and identify emergency routes and road network redundancy,” he said.