Gov't subway, infra projects aim to bridge PH regions

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 28) — As part of the Duterte administration's thrust to "build, build, build," government projects worth trillions of pesos aim to connect different regions of the country to provide jobs for more people.

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno on Wednesday told CNN Philippines' Town Hall the allotted budget would be provided for big transportation and infrastructure projects.

"Mag-aallocate kami ng 8 to 9 trillion pesos over a period of six years...marami talaga kaming gagawin," Diokno said, "Talagang malakihang proyekto ito."

[Translation: We will allocate P8 to 9 trillion over a period of six years...we will build a lot. These are huge projects.]

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The projects are primarily railway and subway systems, including the Manila-Clark railway project unveiled on Monday, which will cut travel time to less than an hour.

"May pinaplano rin kaming itayong subway from Caloocan papuntang (FTI, Makati), 30 minutes din yun," Diokno said.

[Translation: We're also planning on building a subway from Caloocan City to FTI in Makati, which would be about 30 minutes.]

Outside the Metro, the Budget Secretary revealed more projects to bridge different regions in Luzon and Visayas.

"There's a long train from Tutuban to Calamba, Calamba to Matnog, Sorsogon," Diokno said. "Magtatayo din kami ng tulay from Matnog, Sorsogon papuntang Southern Leyte, so malalaking proyekto."

[Translation: There's a long train from Tutuban to Calamba, Calamba to Matnog, Sorsogon. We will also build a bridge from Matnog, Sorsogon to Southern Leyte, so these are big projects.

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All this, to help decongest both traffic and population in Metro Manila and help create jobs in other regions.

"In total, 75 flagship projects na gagawin namin yan para magdugtong-dugtong talaga ang buong Pilipinas. Yung mga rich regions to the poor regions para mag-connect connect. Hindi mo na kailangang pumunta ng Manila para magtrabaho. You create a lot of centers all over the country." Diokno said.

[Translation: In total, we have 75 flagship projects to bridge the entire Philippines. The rich and poor regions will all be connected. You don't need to go to Manila to work. You create a lot of centers all over the country.]