Bataan Governor Albert Raymond S. Garcia, chairperson 16th Regional Development Council in Central Luzon greatly emphasized in his State of the Region Address during the 3rd full council meeting held at the Bunker, that the government with the help of the private sector partners must give serious consideration and attention to the development of the much needed infrastructure in Central Luzon.
Governor Garcia explained in his report that infrastructure development is crucial in the attainment of inclusive growth, being the backbone of economic progress and development in all respects.
With the land area of about 2.13 million hectares representing 7% of the country’s total land area, the plain is the country’s top food basket and leading center for settlement and agri-industrial development.
He cited President Duterte’s administration list of flagship infrastructure projects with a total cost of P 4.25 trillion, twelve(12) of them are located in Central Luzon; eight (8) shall be under the Official Development Assistance (ODA) and four (4) under a Public–Private Partnership scheme.
The youthful RDC chair has enumerated aside from the improvement of the national and local roads; the existing expressways for intraregional connectivity are the Subic-Clark Expressway or SCTEX, the Tarlac-Pangasinan or TPLEx which reduced travel time from 3.5 hours to 1 hour and soon to be completed the Central Luzon Link Expressway or CLLEx phase l reduced travel time from 70 minutes to 20 minutes.
The Bataan –Cavite Interlink Bridge estimated to cost P 175 billion aims to provide a fast alternative route from Batan to Cavite through bypassing Roman Super Highway, Gapan-San Fernando-Olongapo Road,North Expressway and the congested streets of Metro Manila. It is expected to cut travel time between the two provinces from six (6) hours to 45 minutes.