The members and guests of the SCID during the video conference.

The Sectoral Committee on Infrastructure Development of the RDC CALABARZON convened its third quarter meeting on August 14 through video conference via Zoom. Among the items discussed by the SCID was the proposed Laguna Lakeshore Road Network (LLRN) Project Phase 1. The proposed LLRN Project Phase 1 is a 37.6 km toll-free primary road from Bicutan, Taguig City which will traverse the CALABARZON Region through the Cities of Santa Rosa, Cabuyao and Calamba in the Province of Laguna. The total project cost is PHP166.27 billion.

The LLRN aims to provide link for expansion of economic activities between Metro Manila and CALABARZON, and among the provinces of Batangas and Quezon Provinces through the CaLax, Daang Hari-SLEX Link Road and the SLEX Toll Road 4 which stretches up to Lucena City in Quezon Province. Given its alignment to the thrusts of the RPFP 2004-2030 and the RDP 2017-2022, the SCID conditionally endorsed the project to the RDC CALABARZON subject to DPWH’s compliance to the technical evaluation of the project.

Engr. Ladislao Andal, the SCID Chairperson, presides the meeting.
The members and guests of the SCID during the video conference.

Furthermore, the SCID tackled the integration of the Sustainable Development Goals indicators in the Results Matrices (RM) of the CALABARZON RDP 2017-2022. The monitoring of RM ensures that the targets set in the plan are achieved and the challenges arising from its implementation will be addressed. Hence, the integration of these indicators, including the institutionalization of a Regional Sub-Committee on the SDG under the RDC, strengthens mechanisms to attain the country’s international commitments. The SCID also endorsed the creation of an Infrastructure Technical Working Group under the RSC-SDG.

The revised guidelines on the RDC Project Endorsement was also endorsed by the SCID to the RDC. Moreover, additional infrastructure projects were recommended for inclusion in the RDIP 2017 to 2022. Among these projects is the proposed Santo Tomas Steel Flyover. On SCID membership, the 2nd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army was included as a new member to strengthen the link between peace and development in the Region.

Other items discussed were the RDIP Project Call, the CALABARZON Sanitary Landfills, and the Polillo Group of Islands Road Network Masterplan. The Committee also regularly monitors the status of its banner projects on the removal of Right-of-Way obstructions, traffic management, flood control, and Transport Masterplan. The conduct of the CALABARZON Flood Risk Assessment Study is already for procurement by DPWH Region IV-A.

The meeting was participated by 18 members consisting of regional line agencies, cities, and private sector representatives. The Provinces, Office of the Presidential Adviser for Southern Tagalog, and other government institutions also attended the meeting.

Angela R. Llamas, NEDA Region IV-A| August 17, 2020