On January 20, 2021, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade shared the infrastructure projects of Cebu. This was done during the inauguration of the new LTFRB-7 building.
The Cebu Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and the Cebu Monorail are some of the major projects in the province expected to partially operate before the year ends.
The BRT’s construction will start in April 2021 to help decongest the traffic in Metro Cebu after the procurement for its construction has been approved for P16.5 billion.
On the other hand, the Cebu Monorail’s P77.57 billion project is also set to partially operate before the year ends.
The head of the Cebu Provincial Traffic Management Board, Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, has been focused on addressing the issues to ease the traffic congestion in the Province of Cebu.
The solutions they have implemented are:
- No-left turn, no-crossing
- Extended truck ban hours
- New schedule of releasing cargo from ports
Garcia expressed her gratitude to DOTr and LTFRB 7 for all of the projects and support to Cebu and committed assistance, if needed.
“The only way that I could possibly express my thanks not just in words but in deed so allow me to commit a 101-percent support to the needs of LTFRB-7 in whatever way we can help,”– Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia
Apart from the aforementioned, Tugade also shared the ongoing construction of a taxiway at the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA). This is set to be completed by February 2021. Upon completion, DOTr is set to also build a second runway at the airport and is expected to be completed before May 2022.
“Ano po ang kahalagahan ng taxiway and second runway? Ito po ay magpapalawig at magpapabilis ng take-off at landing (ng mga eroplano), madadagdagan yung bilis, in other words, mapapalawig yung biyahe ng turista ng taga Cebu, ng mga Pilipino at kung sinu-sinoman maglalakbay sa Cebu,” he said.