Joint chambers hit failed LRT-1 Cavite extension project bidding

PH economic growth in peril, say foreign groups


Photo of the LRT line 1. The Joint Foreign Chambers on Thursday expressed concern over the failed bidding LRT 1’s Cavite extension project, noting that this was the largest and one of the most important projects under the Public-Private Partnership program of the Aquino administration.

The Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC) on Thursday expressed concern over the failed bidding of the Light Rail Transit-1 Cavite extension project, noting that this was the largest and one of the most important projects under the Public-Private Partnership program of the Aquino administration.

In a statement, the group warned that the future growth of the Philippine economy would only be “impeded by delays in critical transportation projects such as the LRT-1 extension.”

JFC said the LRT-1 project and two other PPP toll road projects were vital to improved transportation efficiency for commuters in the region south of Metro Manila. The LRT-1 project in particular extends mass rail transit to Cavite. The rail extension is expected to facilitate travel by residents in those areas to business and school districts in Metro Manila.

“The present administration has less than three years to make the LRT-1 extension project operational. The MRT-7 light rail project and the LRT-2 east extension, along with the LRT-1 south extension, are rail transportation projects urgently needed in Metro Manila, where vehicular traffic is increasingly congested,” the group stressed.

To prevent another failed bidding, the JFC urged the government, specifically the Department of Transportation and Communications, to ensure that the 12-kilometer LRT-1 project and all other PPPs will be “commercially attractive and viable, both in terms of risk and reward.”

In a separate statement, the JFC also urged the government to seriously consider the so-called “twin airports” solution, an option based on the co-existence and improvement of both the Clark Airport in Pampanga and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Metro Manila.

“We believe this is the best solution to accommodate future growth of Philippine aviation. The passenger catchment area for these regions is approximately 40 million persons, comparable to greater Shanghai and greater Tokyo,” JFC explained.

In line with this option, the JFC has recommended to the government the modernization of all four terminals of Naia, including its navigational equipment, for passenger safety, comfort and convenience.

Modernization, it said, should also include improving inter-terminal transfer facilities and procedures between the four Naia terminal buildings.

Projects in Clark, meanwhile, should include the rapid expansion of the budget terminal, construction of a gateway terminal, and installation of complete navigational equipment.

“While we recognize that access to Clark is presently a problem, we strongly believe that plans for faster land transportation connections between Makati and Clark should be implemented as the ‘twin airports’ policy will be put in place,” it added.

JFC is composed of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (AmCham), Australian-New Zealand Chamber of the Philippines (Anzcham), Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (CanCham), European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP), Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Philippines (JCCIP), Korean Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (KCCP) and the Philippine Association of Multinational Companies Regional Headquarters (Pamuri).

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  • Dionysus Maguayan

    Kailan at anu ang mangyayari sa project na ito. This is just a 12 Km stretch and this is vital project. it should have lessen our dependency to travel on buses. this should be in time for the lessening of traffic in Manila. Wala na namang timetable ito, pati yata sa government natin wala nang timetable e, basta matapos lng, abangan na lng natin..

  • Dionysus Maguayan

    well, this is as promised by administration to complete the project with-in his term. we cant just wait for another so and so shabby pronouncement by the executives. we want the projects to be initiated now..the problem is our government want to have a non-risk PPP. how do we think will the private sector to do business with the government, we should have ask them charity and donations and not business. whew! this is economics 101.

  • delpillar

    nag-joke or naghamon si Pres Pnoy last year na magpapasagasa sya sa train kapag di natupad ang LRT-1 extension to Cavite by the end of his term.

    Well, my suggestion is maghanda ka na Pres ng Elmer’s Glue para idikit muli ang hiwa-hiwalay or pantahi ng iyong katawan dahil for sure, di na matatapos ang extension na ito sa last remaining 3 years ng term mo. (OF COURSE THIS IS ALSO A JOKE :)) )

  • delpillar

    I discourage the investors to be involved in PPP unless the GREEDY despotic local government laws will not be drastically changed. Local government, when it comes to planning for the greater benefits of the entire nations and citizenry ARE UTAK-IPIS. Akala mo ang mga mayor ay GENERAL of THE JOINT CHIEF OF STAFF or HITLER kung magpapel sa mga projects of nationwide-scale.

    PPP is a national project and they will be returned to the government after certain period so the local govt, local tax should FCUK OFF.

    Kung gusto ng Gobyerno na may mag-invest as partner pero malulugi naman ang investors, I suggest for the investors to say it clear to the government, “Com’on give me break, if you want that terms and conditions and we will lose, GO ON FCUK YOURSELF or MAS**RBATE YOURSELF. Go and build those infrastructure by yourself.

    Else, let the investors recover their money by having a guaranteed return of investment or HIGHER fare, INSULATED FROM the CHANGES OF REGIME and the Influence or KOTONG OF EXTORTIONIST SENATORS and congressmen.

  • Chrisnadal19

    incompetence… incompetence… incompetence.. PPP is NOT an outreach program!

  • oldsong23

    The problem with dealing projects with the government is too much bureaucracy and ineptitude of people tapped to handle the project. Qualified government management side of the project should be a foothold in day 1 of the construction. This is the problem of appointing people in the govt particularly in the transport sector who’s experience and qualifications are less being considered. The terminal 3 experience should teach us the lesson…

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