DBM releases P250-M for Roxas Blvd redevelopment
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released P250 million for the redevelopment of the 8-lane Roxas Boulevard. The redevelopment project will also cover Bonifacio Drive in Manila all the way to the Airport Road in Parañaque City.
In a statement on Friday, August 2, DBM said the budget would cover the improvement of Roxas Boulevard's service road, parking areas and lighting, among others.
The redevelopment project will be undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
DBM assigned the Department of Tourism to head an inter-agency committee tasked to create and implement a long-term redevelopment plan for Roxas Boulevard. Other members of the committee include:
- National Parks Development Committee (NPDC)
- Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA),
- Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA),
- The Cities of Manila, Pasay and Parañaque
"Roxas Boulevard is one of the country's major gateways for local and international tourists, apart from being one of Metro Manila’s busiest and most well-developed commercial areas. Despite this, however, the boulevard infrastructure needs some sprucing up to improve the efficiency in the road system, especially since we’re expecting a higher volume of visitors to arrive over the coming years," Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said.
DBM said it released the funds for Roxas Boulevard in time for two major international conferences - the World Economic Forum on East Asia and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit that will be held in Manila in 2014 and 2015, respectively. – Rappler.com