Name: Infrastructure and Transportation

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Content: <p>Increasing connectivity through infrastructure and transportation development is key to furthering economic growth and national development through increased economic productivity and providing an attractive environment for foreign investors. <br /> From 2008 to 2012, infrastructure expenditure accounted for just 2–3% of the country’s GDP.132 The Philippines ranks 91st globally in terms of overall infrastructure quality rankings, 87th in terms of road infrastructure, 80th in railroad infrastructure, and 108th for air transport infrastructure in the WEF Competitiveness Report 2014. </p> <p><br /> Philippine road assets amount to a total of 215,088 km and include national roads, secondary roads, provincial roads, city roads, municipal roads, and barangay roads.134 Limited road capacity and an abundance of vehicles have inevitably led to congestion. The Philippines also utilizes four major railway lines namely Light Rail Transits 1, 2, and 3, and PNR South Commuter, which altogether span 79 km, and accommodate approximately 1.3 million passengers daily.</p> <p><br /> In terms of air transportation, the Philippines has 10 international airports and 34 main airports serving domestic flights. </p> <p>The inadequate supply of infrastructure ranked as the 2nd most major setback in doing business in the Philippines. The emerging needs of the market and the growing population are the main factors challenging the existing infrastructure and transportation systems.</p> <p><br /> A valuable tool in developing much needed infrastructure across the country is the PPP model which allows the private sector to finance the construction, operation and maintenance of infrastructure projects.137 Since 2010, the government has awarded eight key infrastructure programs, specifically: the Daang Hari-South Luzon Expressway project, Phase 1 of the PPP School Infrastructure Program, Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway, PSIP Phase 2, the Modernization of the Philippine Orthopedic Center, the Automatic FareCollection System, the Mactan Cebu International Airport New Passenger Terminal, and the Light Rail Transit Line 1 Cavite Extension.</p> <p><br /> In 2014, President Benigno S. Aquino III visited four EU member states (i.e., Spain, Germany, France, and Belgium) and showcased the opportunities for European companies to participate in future PPP opportunities. There are currently over 10 projects up for procurement, including the Laguna Lakeway Expressway Dike Project, the Bulacan Bulk Water Supply Project, the Operations, Maintenance, and Development Projects for six airports across the country. </p> <p><a href=";id=16">Click here to download A Brief Overview of the Philippine Infrastructure & Transportation Industry »</a></p>

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