Fun in the Philippines costs $1.85b

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its-more-fun-in-the-philippines05The Philippines plan to spend around $1.85 billion in the next four years on infrastructure projects in support of the Department of Tourism’s “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” campaign.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has been  tasked to provide access roads to tourist destinations nationwide, as well as repair existing national or local roads leading to tourist spots.

In 2013, the project will kick off at costs of around $300 million, with the rest spent equally over the following three years.

This year, Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao are in the focus. Tourism infrastructure funding for the recently pacified southern region of Mindanao will amount to $96 million in 2013.

The latest Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum said more than 93 per cent of rural roads nationwide, as well as nearly 69 per cent and 66 per cent of provincial and national roads, respectively, were still unpaved.

The DPWH acknowledged that the country was lagging behind many of its ASEAN neighbours in terms of quality of infrastructure and, in particular, the quality of roads. But with the improvement programme the office has expressed confidence that the country’s ranking would improve before the end of President Aquino’s term in June 2016.

The DPWH said it will also focus on the “upgrading of bridges into permanent structures by 2016.”

 

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The Philippines plan to spend around $1.85 billion in the next four years on infrastructure projects in support of the Department of Tourism’s “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” campaign.

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its-more-fun-in-the-philippines05The Philippines plan to spend around $1.85 billion in the next four years on infrastructure projects in support of the Department of Tourism’s “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” campaign.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has been  tasked to provide access roads to tourist destinations nationwide, as well as repair existing national or local roads leading to tourist spots.

In 2013, the project will kick off at costs of around $300 million, with the rest spent equally over the following three years.

This year, Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao are in the focus. Tourism infrastructure funding for the recently pacified southern region of Mindanao will amount to $96 million in 2013.

The latest Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum said more than 93 per cent of rural roads nationwide, as well as nearly 69 per cent and 66 per cent of provincial and national roads, respectively, were still unpaved.

The DPWH acknowledged that the country was lagging behind many of its ASEAN neighbours in terms of quality of infrastructure and, in particular, the quality of roads. But with the improvement programme the office has expressed confidence that the country’s ranking would improve before the end of President Aquino’s term in June 2016.

The DPWH said it will also focus on the “upgrading of bridges into permanent structures by 2016.”

 

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