Metro Manila Subway and Clark International Airport expansion projects to begin next year – DBM

admin   •   December 21, 2017   •   7512

MANILA, Philippines — Seventy percent of the additional taxes the government will be collecting from the first package of the Tax Reform Act will be allocated to the Duterte administration’s infrastructure projects.

With this, the government targets to begin next year the construction of huge infrastructures.

One of these projects is the P355.6 billion Metro Manila Subway Project.

It will be the first Metro Manila subway in the country that will link the northern and southern part of Metro Manila.

“Right now, they are finalizing the feasibility study. The way we do this is called, design and build,” said Department of Budget & Management Sec. Benjamin Diokno.

The government will also begin the construction of the P12.55 billion expansion project for the Clark International Airport in Pampanga.

“It involves a construction of a new passenger terminal building to accommodate 8 million passengers for Phase 1,” said Diokno.

The said project aims to decongest Metro Manila, and particularly address the area’s problem on traffic congestion.

The two projects are among the 75 projects under the Build, Build, Build program of the Duterte administration. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue


Manila breaks ground for the construction of Bagong Ospital ng Maynila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 24, 2020

The Manila City Government held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday (June 24) for the construction of the Bagong Ospital ng Maynila .

Led by Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso, the groundbreaking ceremony unveiled the P2.3 billion infrastructure project to mark the 449th founding anniversary of the City of Manila.

Once construction is complete, the 10-storey Bagong Ospital ng Maynila will have a capacity of 384 beds with 12 ICU units and 20 private rooms.

Domagoso said that the local government aims to provide better tools, equipment and facilities for the city’s healthcare workers.

“No matter how good our healthcare workers are, if they have limited tools na hindi naaayon sa hamon ng panahon, mahihirapan po sila (that are not fit for the challenge, they will be burdened). I won’t mind investing billions for their equipment,” he said.

The new hospital is part of the Mayor’s 10-year plan to initiate infrastructure projects aimed at reviving the nation’s capital into a “vibrant” and “energetic” city. AAC

PAL announces plans to partially resume flights in May

Marje Pelayo   •   April 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Airlines announced on Tuesday (April 7) its plans of partial resumption of selected international and domestic flights in the coming weeks.

The country’s flag carrier clarified, however, that the plans may change depending on how the situation develops in relation to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak which includes the duration of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), travel bans and restrictions imposed by other countries and the overall public health and safety situation in each of the cities and countries that PAL operates in.

PAL also said it will not operate international flights from April 15 to 30 although it is considering making ad hoc special flights for stranded passengers and essential cargoes across the country and within the Asia-Pacific region.

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Meanwhile, PAL said it is setting plans to resume a number of weekly flights for the month of May to several destinations including Japan, the USA, Canada, Guam, Australia, the U.K., Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, mainland China, Hong Kong, Taipei, Macau, Saudi Arabia, and Korea.

Once the details are finalized, the company assured to publish a list of flights in an updated advisory.

On the other hand, PAL maintained that all flights to the following destinations remain canceled for the month of May: Auckland, New York JFK, Dubai, Doha, Perth, Melbourne, Port Moresby, and Sapporo.

As for domestic flights, operations from April 15 to May 31 will depend on the changes with community quarantine restrictions imposed against domestic air travel, PAL said.

We will await the final government decisions, and will announce the list of domestic flights to be operated once finalized,” the airline company said.

“However, in any case, we shall not be operating any flights to and from Clark International Airport for the month of April,” it added.

For guidelines and special reminders, affected passengers are advised to check on PAL official website at

Clark Int’l Airport suspends commercial flights beginning April 3

Marje Pelayo   •   April 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Clark International Airport (CRK) announced on Tuesday (March 31) the temporary suspension of all commercial flights for carriers flying out of the airport effective April 3.

The measure is due to continuing travel restrictions being implemented in the country and abroad as a measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the airport’s management said in an advisory.

Flights are expected to resume as travel restriction eases, the advisory said.

Consequently, point-to-point (P2P) bus operations will also be temporarily suspended.

Meanwhile, operations of essential cargo flights will remain in support to the national government‘s effort to ‘flatten the curve.’


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