We are in process of addressing 20-year infrastructure backlog: DOTr

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“The Philippines is 20 years behind in terms of transport infrastructure. This is precisely the reason why since the beginning, the Department of Transportation (DOTr), under the Duterte administration, has been employing a catch-up plan to expedite the construction and operationalization of various transport infrastructure projects in the aviation, railways, road, and maritime sectors,” DOTr said after allegation that the Philippines is facing a mass transport crisis due to recent subsequent incidents that happened at the LRT-1, LRT-2, and the MRT-3.

DOTr said that among the projects that are being undertaken are Metro Manila Subway, MRT-7, LRT-1 Cavite Extension, LRT-2 East Extension, PNR Clark Phase 1, Common Station, PNR Calamba, PNR Bicol, LRT-2 West Extension, Subic-Clark Railway, and the Mindanao Railway.

“By far, we have completed 64 airport projects nationwide with 133 more ongoing; built and started operations of one (1) landport; and completed 222 commercial and social/tourism port projects, with 122 more ongoing,” it added.

“While we are in the process of addressing this 20-year infrastructure backlog, does this mean problems will stop right away? No,” DOTr said.

It noted that improvements will be felt gradually. “Case in point is the ongoing massive rehabilitation of the MRT-3 by its original provider, Sumitomo and Mitsubishi Heavy from Japan, which started in May 2019.”

“The accident that happened in LRT-2 is something that is not of our own making, nor of our own liking. But, we encourage our countrymen to resort to “bayanihan” rather than “turuan” o “sisihan”,” DOTr added.