Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Socioeconomic Report (SER): 2010-2012 of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)

State agencies should further accelerate their strategies to achieve targets in the transportation sector by 2016, according to the newly released Socioeconomic Report (SER): 2010-2012 of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).

"While the quality of our national roads and bridges significantly improved since 2010, the actual output indicators as reported in the SER are actually slightly below the targets for 2011. Implementing agencies need to double their efforts," said Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan.

According to the SER, while the percentage of paved road length increased to 78.87 percent (out of the total 31,242 kilometers) in 2011, this was still slightly below the year's target of 79.0 percent.

Also, the percentage of length of permanent bridges along national arterial roads went up to 94.63 percent (out of 330,089 lineal meters), which is slightly below the 95.0-percent target in 2011.

Balisacan stressed the need to accelerate the approval and adoption of the National Transport Policy (NTP), which will ensure coordination among transport agencies.

"The NTP needs to be implemented to bring about a more integrated transport network and centralized collection, monitoring and evaluation of needed information and statistics to track the development of the sub-sector," said Balisacan, who is also NEDA Director-General

The NTP is a comprehensive long-term policy framework that will guide the accomplishment of transport objectives and goals, such as the restructuring of the sub-sector.

A draft Executive Order on "Adopting a Policy Framework that Sets the Direction of and Parameters for the Development and Regulation of the Transportation System in the Philippines" is currently being reviewed.

For the water, air, and rail transport sub-sectors, individual agencies' performance against target have mixed results in terms of attainment of objectives, according to the SER.

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