Ad­di­tional P5.67-B bud­get al­lo­cated for BRT

Business World - - THE NATION -

AL­LO­CA­TION FOR the bus rapid tran­sit (BRT) project in Cebu City is now P16.3 bil­lion af­ter the ap­proval of an ad­di­tional P5.67 bil­lion, mainly for right-of-way costs. Rafael Christo­pher L. Yap, head of the BRT Project Im­ple­men­ta­tion Unit, said he was in­formed by Trans­porta­tion As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Arnold Fa­bil­lar that the Na­tional Eco­nomic and De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (NEDA) Board ap­proved the ad­di­tional funds dur­ing a meet­ing in Mala­cañang on Tues­day. “This is the fi­nal ap­proval, so BRT Project is re­ally a ‘GO’ project,” reads part of Mr. Fa­bil­lar’s text mes­sage to Mr. Yap. “The Board’s ap­proval sig­ni­fies a con­fir­ma­tion of BRT’s vi­a­bil­ity for Cebu City de­spite re­cent crit­i­cisms lev­eled against its im­ple­men­ta­tion. It also sig­ni­fies the com­mit­ment to the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion’s “Build, Build, Build” pro­gram of in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment which the Cebu BRT project is part,” Mr. Yap said. He ex­plained that the in­crease in project cost was due to the pas­sage of Re­pub­lic Act 10752 or The Right of Way Act, which re­quires govern­ment im­ple­ment­ing agen­cies to of­fer the mar­ket value of prop­er­ties to be ac­quired for in­fra­struc­ture projects. Mean­while, the Cebu City coun­cil passed sev­eral res­o­lu­tions on Tues­day re­lat­ing to the traf­fic sit­u­a­tion, in­clud­ing the sub­mis­sion of a copy of the BRT fea­si­bil­ity study. Coun­cilor James An­thony R. Cuenco, in a priv­i­lege speech, said he found out that the fea­si­bil­ity study has been marked “confidential.” He stressed that it should be made pub­lic and that the coun­cil mem­bers should have ac­cess to it for re­view. —

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