DECONGESTING METRO MANILA
To decongest Metro Manila and allow people to work within
the metropolis while living in nearby provinces, road and rail transport projects were aggressively pursued.
The completed North Luzon Expressway Expansion Project
has already cut travel time by half. Construction and rehabilitation of the Southern Luzon Expressway, Southern Tagalog Arterial
Road (STAR) Extension, and Manila-Cavite Expressway Extension Project are underway.
The Northrail Project, a commuter system that will run from
Caloocan to Clark, is expected to accelerate development in Central and Northern Luzon by improving the interconnection of
major transportation facilities in the Manila-Clark-Subic economic triangle.
This is complemented by two other rail projects:
(a) the Northrail-Southrail Interconnectivity Project, which would rehabilitate
the existing 34-kilometer PNR Commuter Service Line from Caloocan to Alabang; and (b) the MRT 3, Phase II Project which will
close the MRT 3-LRT Line 1 loop and form the railway transport backbone in Metro Manila.
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Preparations for the development of new government centers
have also commenced through the transfer of the following departments: Department of Agriculture to Davao City; Department
of Public Works and Highways to Bicol; Department of Tourism to Cebu City; Department of Land Reform to Iloilo City; and Department
of Transportation and Communication to Clark.
DEVELOP SUBIC AND CLARK
Major road, seaport and airport projects are underway to
develop the Subic-Clark corridor as a premier international service and logistics center in Southeast Asia.
Construction of the P27.4-billion Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway
commenced in April 2005 and will be completed in 2007. Phase I of the Subic Bay Port Development Project, which involves the
construction of a new container terminal at Cubi Point and the rehabilitation of selected wharves, was 22% accomplished as
The Diosdado Macapagall International Airport in Clark is
being upgraded to accommodate more airlines and flight frequencies resulting from the government's air liberalization policy.
The United Parcel Service (UPS) and Asiana Airlines have increased their flight frequencies, while three new airlines, China
Rich Airways, Air Asia Berhad and Tiger Airways, have begun operating in Clark.
TECHNICAL REPORT OF THE LATEST STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS OF PRESIDENT ARROYO, EXECUTIVE SUMMARY