Manila, Philippines — The planned railway, which will connect Clark International Airport in Pampanga and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport(NAIA) in Manila should have a medium speed train and not an ambitious bullet train, says Former Finance Secretary Roberto de Ocampo.
De Ocampo, who served as chairman and CEO of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) in 1989 and has been an Independent Director of EEI Corp., said the issue should not focus on airports or transportation alone. “If you look at it as only about airports and look at it as only about traffic, you may just miss the bigger picture.”
“This is about urban congestion and our chance in a lifetime to solve it to enable to disperse the city outward and to create a new megalopolis that would be the main magnet of economic activity for the rest of the nation. You simply had to disperse the city outward,” he said.
The Manila-Clark railway, which was approved by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) in April 2015, is among the big-ticket projects of the Duterte Administration to decongest the traffic-ridden Metro Manila.
38 contractors have been blacklisted by the Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines (CIAP) as of the end of January this year, effectively barring them from participating in all government procurement opportunities during period of disqualification.
In a list posted in the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) website, the 38 contractors were blacklisted by various government infrastructure agencies due to one or more of the following grounds/offenses: misinterpretation of financial qualification, submission of spurious contractor’s license, submission of spurious or false documents or misinterpretation of Sustaining Technical Employee.
The blacklisted contractors are as follows: P. Torres, B.J. Contractors, Al-alamiah Construction, Alpha Trine Motors Corporation, ANA Construction, AQA Global Construction, ARPEE Construction & Supply, B.E. Construction, Constructive Builder, Inc., Dowsers Trend Construction, E.S. Almuete Construction;
F.N.A. Construction, Fatima Ask Construction and Enterprises, Francis Lim Construction, Four Brothers Hardware and Construction Service, Geety Realty & Development Corp., Infra-Structural Construction, J. R. Maliwanag Trading and Construction, JM Yalung Construction Inc., Jonice Engineering Construction, Lime Light Construction;
MRRM Trading and Construction, R2D Construction & Supply, R. T. Katigbak Construction Corporation, Ramona Mining and Development Corp., RHR Construction, River Concrete Construction and Development Corp., Ruby Lim Construction and Supplies Inc., RVRU Builders and Trading;
S & W Construction and Gen. Merchandise, Sarbet Builders, Square 'R' Builders and Development Corp., Stern Builders Corporation, Suzuka Construction Co., Ltd., Transpower Builders and Development Corp., Wismon Construction and DevelopmentCorp., Villcruz Construction and Supply, VIRLO Construction.
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