Presidential adviser on Northern Luzon Raul Lambino is pushing for the construction of an 180-kilometer expressway that would link Pangasinan and Nueva Ecija.
In his remarks at the First Manila Forum for Philippines-China Relations on Wednesday, Lambino said the expressway would start from the town of Bolinao in Pangasinan to the city of San Jose in Nueva Ecija.
Lambino said the proposal for the new highway is now with the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and the Department of Public Works and Highways.
“I just received a confirmation letter from (Acting NEDA) Secretary Karl Chua the proposal is now with the Asian Development Bank,” said Lambino.
The CEZA chief asked the support of Jin Liqun, president the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
The Philippines is a founding member of AIIB which facilitates the financing of infrastructure in the region. Lambino, also chairman of the Association for Philippines-China Understanding (APCU), told attendees the Philippines’ vision under Build, Build, Build infrastructure initiative aims to address the chronic infrastructure deficit for decades that the country is coming from.
“It is a forward-looking strategy,” said Lambino, adding the forum, which is initiated by APCU, is the country’s way to boost to its connections with China via investments in infrastructure.