MLIN to get P23.6-B next year, says President

THE NATIONAL government is planning to earmark P23.6 billion next year, an increase of 10.3% from the current budget, for the continuous implementation of Mindanao Logistics Infrastructure Network (MLIN).



 “This amount will used to improve linkage roads to key ports and production areas in Northern Mindanao, Southern Mindanao, Central Mindanao and Caraga,” said President Rodrigo R. Duterte in his budget message.

 The budget for MLIN, Duterte said, is an increase from P21.4 billion this year.

 The MLIN is a long-term development plan to be implemented by government agencies including Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to improve linkage roads to key ports and other production areas.

 This is intended to reduce logistics cost in the island.

 In the “Build. Build. Build.” website, the national government said: “This project is geared towards enhancing the agribusiness competitiveness in Mindanao by developing an intermodal logistics system that will address the constraints caused by high cost of transport and inadequate logistics infrastructure, among others.”

 The national government is planning to allocate about P84.410 billion for the entire project.

 As of February, data from DPWH showed that some of the projects in MLIN include the completion of east-west lateral roads connecting Agusan del Sur to Bukidnon, completion of the link in Datu Paglas-Columbio-Matanao-Padada Road and upgrade of Glan, Sarangani-Malita, Davao del Sur road.

 The list also includes rehabilitation and construction of Cagayan de Oro City roads; reconstruction of Lake Sebu-Maitum road; Cagayan de Oro-Davao road widening project; Cagayan de Oro-Butuan road widening project and Butuan-Davao road widening project.

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