SEATTLE — As of early 2016, there are 15 active development projects in the Philippines. With funding help from the World Bank, plans for projects such as health, infrastructure, rural development and social protection are in place. These are five of the active development projects in the Philippines:
Renewable Energy Development
With assistance from the World Bank, two renewable energy development projects in the Philippines are in place: Access to Sustainable Energy Project, which will help bring solar power to communities in the Philippines that are not connected to the main grids, and Philippines Renewable Energy Project, which will increase electricity access for poor families, expand the electricity network and help the Philippines invest in renewable energy.
Mara K. Warwick, World Bank Country Director for the Philippines, explains that the two projects will improve the country’s energy sector, as well as strengthen economic growth within the country. In addition, the projects will help decrease emissions of greenhouse gases.
Social Welfare Development and Reform Project
This is a funding project to continue support of the Pantawid Pamilya, the Philippines’ conditional cash transfer (CCT) program. It ensures that health and education services are used effectively for poor children.
Currently assisting more than four million poor families and 11 million children, Pantawid Pamilya’s objective is to provide aid to poor and struggling households. Doing so helps protect them from crises such as economic issues and natural disasters, and it reduces poverty numbers.
Dinky Soliman, the Social Welfare Secretary in the Philippines, explains that after only a few years of this development project operating, the program “has reduced the total poverty and food poverty among CCT beneficiaries by up to 6.7 percentage points.”
Flood Funding in Metro Manila
The Philippine government, with the help of the World Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, is creating a funding project for the metro Manila area, which is the urban area that surrounds the Philippines’ capital city, Manila.
Because of typhoon season, ranging from June to October, flooding is a major problem within the metro Manila area. In 2009, Tropical Storm Ondoy (Ketsana) caused damage equaling 2.7 percent of the entire economy. When flooding like this takes place, it is easy for people to fall back into poverty because of the strain it puts on their economic situation.
The development project for metro Manila is said to take around 25 years to implement completely, but it will provide the following:
- Flood reduction from rivers running through the metropolis area by building a dam in the Marikina River. This will reduce river flow that enters Manila during typhoon season and other severe rainfall incidents.
- Elimination of long-term flooding in Laguna de Bay. Doing this will ensure the safety of people living close to shore by reducing water levels.
- Modernization of pumping stations and flood forecasting. Waste such as plastic wrappers, bottles and cans can get into pumping stations and clog the waterways, resulting in extensive operation and maintenance upkeep. This project is estimated to resolve the problem by creating 20 new pumping stations and modernizing 36 that are already existing, which will improve urban drainage and flood management in local communities.
Philippine Rural Development Project
This project is estimated to take around six years. The goal is to improve farming and fishery efficiency and to increase rural incomes in North Luzon, South Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. This project also aims to increase farmers’ and fishermen’s access to markets.
This project will benefit an estimated two million farmers and fishermen. Additionally, it has the possibility to enhance the country’s growth, resulting in more job opportunities for Filipinos.
Cebu Bus Rapid Transit Project
With incomes slowly rising, more vehicles are being purchased in Cebu City, a metropolitan area in the Philippines. The increase of vehicles in this already tourist-ridden region is creating safety hazards, including traffic blockage, excessive traffic accidents and air pollution.
The new Cebu Bus Rapid Transit Project (BRT) will not only increase the travel safety and mobility of Cebu civilians, but it will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 192,000 tons by 2025.
The BRT is expected to carry around 330,000 passengers each day. It has its own separate bus-only lane, allowing it to carry larger numbers of travelers faster and more safely. It is also cheaper to construct and maintain because of the assistance of local labor and tools available.
With the help of the World Bank and other generous organizations, these development projects in the Philippines are aiding the country in order to make it a safer and more stable place for Filipino residents.
– McCall Robison