MRT-4 project gets final approval

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 29) — The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board has given the green light for a number of priority infrastructure projects, including the Metro Rail Transit 4 (MRT-4).

The NEDA Board, chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte, on Wednesday said it has confirmed the Investment Coordination Committee's approvals of the MRT-4, which will build an elevated train line from N. Domingo in Quezon City to Taytay, Rizal.

The ₱57.07-billion MRT-4 project is targeted for construction by 2021. The Transportation Department expects it to be operational by 2025.

The NEDA Board also cleared the EDSA Greenways Project, which will provide covered, elevated walkways in "high-density traffic locations" in Metro Manila, particularly Balintawak, Guadalupe, Cubao, and Taft for the first phase of the project.

Other projects funded through foreign loans via official development assistance have also been approved:

- Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge project (₱175.7 billion)

- Cebu-Mactan Bridge (4th Bridge) and Coastal Road Construction project (₱76.41 billion)

- Davao City Coastal Bypass Road (₱28.26 billion)

- Capas-Botolan Road Project (₱5.9 billion)

- Panay-Guimaras-Negros (PGN) Island Bridges Project (₱189.53 billion)

- Maritime Safety Enhancement Program (₱6.25 billion)

"[W]e intend to roll out as many as we can to ease congestion and spread growth throughout the country,” Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia, vice-chairperson of the NEDA Board, said in a statement.