Duterte vows to pursue infra development

By Argyll Geducos

With only 27 months left in office, President Duterte asked the public to cooperate as he assured them that his administration will continue to work on realizing the golden age of infrastructure he promised at the beginning of his term.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) President Rodrigo Roa Duterte

Duterte made the statement as he led the inspection of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Harbor Link C3-R10 Section in Caloocan City Thursday evening.

In his speech, Duterte lauded the completion of the project, saying improved mobility is an indicator of progress in any society.

"Let me assure you that this administration will continue to pursue road infrastructure development throughout the country to improve the productive capacity of our economy, create more jobs and higher incomes, and strengthen our investment climate for sustainable growth," he said.

The President likewise asked the public to do their part as his administration pursues the objectives of his ambitious Build, Build, Build infrastructure program.

"We need to work together to ensure that the strides we have made and the benefits of all our development efforts will be felt by all Filipinos. No one should be left behind or forgotten on the path progress," Duterte said.

The NLEX Harbor Link is a P6.55-billion, 2.6-kilometer project that extends from Circumferential Road 3 in Caloocan to Radial Road 10 in Navotas. It will connect to the 5.65-kilometer NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 at the Caloocan Interchange to directly connect the Port Area of Manila to the northern provinces of Luzon via NLEX.

It is expected to benefit more than 30,000 motorists per day and is seen to decongest Metro Manila by providing direct access to NLEX without the need to pass through EDSA or the Balintawak Toll Plaza.

The project is likewise said to improve the movement of cargo between the Port Area and NLEX by shortening the travel time from the usual one hour to 10 minutes.

"This new access road will not only stimulate commerce and lead to greater development CAMANAVA (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela), but will also reduce the incidence of road accidents due to better road pavement and major traffic management control," President Duterte said.