MANILA - The government is looking to more than double the total length of the country's expressways before the end of President Rodrigo Duterte's term, a Cabinet official said on Thursday.
The Philippines currently has around 300 kilometers of high-speed expressways, said Public Works Secretary Mark Villar.
"We're targeting to have about 800 [kilometers] before the end of the term of the President," Villar said in an interview with ANC's Market Edge.
Villar said a major component of the administration's 'Build, Build, Build' program is the Luzon Spine Expressway Network composed of 18 major expressways connecting northern and southern Luzon.
All of the expressways are expected to be finished by 2022.
Among these are the Harbor Link Project, the Cavite-Laguna Expressway, Toll Road 4 of the South Luzon Expressway, the Skyway extension connecting NLEX and SLEX, the Rosario extension of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway, and the Central Luzon Link Expressway.
Villar brushed off comments that many of the flagship infrastructure projects being built by the Duterte administration were actually started during previous administrations.
"Credit grabbing is not our main concern. Our main concern here is solving our infrastructure gap," Villar said.
He said the Duterte administration was keen on finishing the unfinished projects of previous administrations.