Last Updated on May 24, 2021 by OJ Maño
Many Filipinos are excited to see the many ongoing and completed infrastructure projects of the Duterte Administration. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Transportation (DOTr), and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) calls it the “Build, Build, Build” (BBB) Program, which is the flagship program of the present administration, which seeks to accelerate infrastructure spending and develop industries that will yield robust growth, create jobs and improve the lives of Filipinos.
Bulakenyos will also benefit from this BBB program. We have created this article to enumerate the 10 outstanding Build Build Build Projects in Bulacan.
Build Build Build Projects in Bulacan
New Manila International Airport
The $15-billion (PhP736B) Bulacan International Airport, also known as the New Manila International Airport, will be built on a 2,400-hectare property in Bulakan, Bulacan. It will have four runways, eight taxiways, and three terminals. It plans to handle 100 million passengers per year once fully completed in six years. The proposed Bulacan airport aims to alleviate the air congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). This will be a game-changer, and definitely, one of the top Build Build Build Projects in Bulacan.
This Bulacan airport will be a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) that involves the construction and operation & maintenance of a new modern airport in Bulacan, with a design capacity that can be expanded to 200 million passengers per year consisting of 4 runways and all aviation-related facilities. It is a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) structure with a cooperation period of 50 years. San Miguel Corporation bagged the 50-year franchise to build and operate a new international airport in Bulacan.
Pulilan-Baliuag Diversion Road
The Pulilan-Baliuag Diversion Road has finally been completed as of March this year. It now takes less than an hour, depending on your car’s speed, to reach Baliuag, Bulacan from Balintawak toll plaza of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx). This is good news to motorists using NLEX and was made possible through the Pulilan-Baliuag Bypass Road’s completion starting from Brgy. Tibag (about 200 meters away from the NLEx-Pulilan exit) all the way to the Maharlika Highway in Brgy. Tarcan, Baliuag.
Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT 7)
The Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT 7) project is a 23-kilometer elevated railway line with 14 stations from San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan to MRT 3 North Avenue in Quezon City. Once complete, the MRT 7 project will make daily commutes from Quezon City to San Jose del Monte, Bulacan faster and easier. It will link up with MRT-3 and LRT-1, providing greater access and seamless travel. It is also seen to spur economic growth in Bulacan, as businesses and residential developments are seen to further grow in the area, contributing to Metro Manila’s decongestion.
Tutuban-Malolos Railway Project
The PNR Line Tutuban to Malolos is part of the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) project, also known as the Clark-Calamba Railway. This is a 38-kilometer mass transportation railway that will connect Malolos, Bulacan, with NCR. It is expected to serve over 300,000 passengers daily in its opening year this 2021 (hopefully). This 38-kilometer railway will run across 10 elevated stations. The Japan International Cooperation Agency will finance NSCR North 1, while the remaining sections will be co-financed by the Asian Development Bank. This is one of the Build Build Build Projects in Bulacan we are excited to see operational soon.
Malolos-Clark Railway Project (MCRP)
The Malolos-Clark Railway Project (MCRP) is an elevated 53.1km-long railway connecting the City of Malolos to Clark Economic Zone and Clark International Airport (CIA) in Pampanga. This is financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for $2.75 billion. The MCRP is a part of the 163km-long North-South Commuter Railway project (NSCR), which aims to connect New Clark City to Calamba by 2025. NSCR is a flagship project of the government’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ infrastructure development program to reduce traffic congestion in Metro Manila and boost economic growth.
The Malolos-Clark Railway Project will be built on an elevated alignment, helping reduce the impact on communities, avoid disruption of activities, and mitigate flood risks along the route. It will use innovative construction methods such as pre-fabricated viaduct segments, limiting land acquisition, and accelerating construction.
Ciudad de Victoria Interchange Bypass Road
Ciudad de Victoria interchange Bypass Road consists of 2 phases: The first phase is to construct an overpass bridge crossing the North Luzon Expressway, which was completed and opened in November 2019 in time for the Philippine hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games with the opening ceremony held at Philippine Arena.
The second phase is constructing a bypass road that will connect the Manila North Road in Bocaue to the town of Sta Maria without passing the busy Governor F. Halili. This means an estimated 35-minute cut (from 50 minutes to only 15 minutes) in travel time since motorists would skip passing the busy Governor F. Halili Road.
4-lane Angat Bridge along Plaridel Bypass Road
DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar announced the expansion of the 2.22-kilometer portion of the 24.61-kilometer Arterial (Plaridel) Bypass Road Bulacan had been completed. Now, it has 4 lanes from the previous 2 lanes only.
The 2 added lanes of the Angat Bridge would help speed up the slow flow of traffic due to the increasing number of vehicles using this two-way two-lane bypass road that connects the North Luzon Expressway to Barangay Borol 2nd, Balagtas, and Daang Maharlika. Highway in Barangay Maasim, San Rafael. This will cut the average travel time of approximately 15,000 motorists per day between Borol 2nd, Balagtas, and Maasim, San Rafael, from 69 to 24 minutes.
San Jose Del Monte-Doña Remedios Trinidad (SJDM-DRT) Bypass Road
The construction of the 28-kilometer San Jose Del Monte-Doña Remedios Trinidad (SJDM-DRT) Bypass Road is already ongoing, with about 190 million pesos in funding, according to DPWH Second Bulacan District Engineer George Santos. The first phase of the road project will pave its Doña Remedios Trinidad (DRT) section, then passes through the towns of Norzagaray and Angat before reaching the city of San Jose Del Monte (SJDM).
The project is expected to be completed over the next five years, and the travel time going to or from San Jose Del Monte City and Doña Remedios Trinidad (DRT) will be greatly reduced from the current over an hour to less than 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, according to Santos, a feasibility study is underway for the DRT-Dingalan Road to be the first direct road from Bulacan to Aurora. It is targeted to be carried out in the next five years.
Pandi Bypass Road Project
The laying of the Pandi Bypass Road Project has also begun from the Tambubong Exit of the North Luzon Expressway or NLEX in Bocaue to the town of Pandi with a length of 10.7 kilometers. According to DPWH First Bulacan District Engineer Henry Alcantara, this new four -line bypass road will be allocated an initial 500 million pesos. It is estimated that about one billion pesos will be spent on it to be completed in the next two or three years.
San Rafael-San Ildefonso-San Miguel Bypass Road
According to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Director Roseller Tolentino, the construction of the San Rafael-San Ildefonso-San Miguel Bypass Road that will serve as an extension of the proposed Plaridel Bypass Road is in full swing. The project is 30 kilometers long and will have four lines or two lines each in the north and southbound lanes. The DPWH is set to spend up to two billion pesos on it over the next four to five years to complete the construction.