The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will develop an updated master plan with expanded coverage for the construction of new road network throughout the Philippines.
DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar and JICA Philippines Office Chief Representative Susumo Ito signed the Records of Discussion (RD) for the second phase of the JICA-assisted High Standard Highway (HSH) Network Development Master Plan on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at the DPWH Central Office, Port Area, Manila. It was witnessed by DPWH Senior Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut and JICA Philippines Economic Growth Group Representative Atsushi Shibata
Secretary Villar said that this new study deal is a testament of Japan’s unrelenting support to the Philippines infrastructure development and economic growth as expanding the expressway network will hasten the economic development of the country’s regional cities to avoid over-concentration of socio-economic activities in Metro Manila and eventually diminish the economic disparities across the country.
In July 2010, a Master Plan on HSH Network Development Phase I was formulated by DPWH and JICA which intends to draw up various measures such as development of expressway network, construction of bypasses and ring roads at regional cities, and widening of existing roads to address traffic congestion particularly in highly urbanized areas.
Under the second phase, a JICA study team with personnel counterpart from DPWH will conduct assessment of the overall conditions and problems of the areas in Metro Manila, Visayas group of islands, and Mindanao.
The study over a period of 18-months will cover the review of present national road and expressway network and development plans as well as the 2010 masterplan coverage; assessment of regional connectivity; undertaking traffic surveys; formulating future socio-economic framework; forecasting future traffic demand; identifying issues of national road and expressway; defining criteria for HSW network; and formulating HSH network development strategy consistent with the National Transport Policy.
It will also include the concept of network resilience against disasters and hazards as presented in the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan 2011-2028, the identification of priority projects, the conduct of pre-feasibility studies, and public consultation of projects to support the Philippines’ crusade towards the “Golden Age of Infrastructure”.