In 2019, the National Economic and Development Authority recommended 12 new projects amounting to P557.44B – that are believed to improve connectivity between and among cities in the country. Part of this project is the construction of the fourth Cebu-Mactan Bridge. This P76.41 billion project is meant for the creation of the 3.3 kilometer bridge with an elevated viaduct of 3.385 kilometers, with two lanes in both directions. This project also includes the 4.9 kilometer four-lane coastal road with a 4.751 kilometer viaduct.
Today, with the approval of the National Economic and Development Authority – Investment Coordination Committee (Neda-ICC), the DPWH in Central Visayas can now proceed with the next step which is the Detailed Engineering Design stage of the bridge that would be linking Cebu mainland and Mactan island in order to improve the existing road network and facilitate faster transaction among people and business in Metro Cebu. As agreed, Japan International Cooperation Agency will be leading and funding this project with a P3-billion loan grant.
Aside from this, NEDA-ICC also approved all other recommended projects including:
- Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 4
- EDSA Greenways Project
- Maritime Safety Enhancement Program by the Department of Transportation (DOTr)
- Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge Project
- Davao City Coastal Bypass Road Project
- Capas-Botolan Road Project
- Panay-Guimaras-Negros (PGN) Island Bridges Project by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
Moreover, another major Cebu infrastructure that is bound for evaluation by NEDA-ICC is the monorail project. According to the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino, NEDA-ICC Technical Board will review the project after the Department of Transportation completes its proposal. The NEDA Chief and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia wants to fast-track the Cebu monorail project believing that it is an urgent concern for Cebuanos in order to address the ongoing transportation problem of the province.
It can be recalled that these projects are part of the Build, Build, Build program of the current administration that aims to ease traffic congestion and further spread economic growth.