SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
12 January 2021 02:22:55 PM
The House Special Committee on East ASEAN Growth Area chaired by Rep. Sabiniano Canama (Party-list, COOP-NATCCO) on Tuesday initially discussed the “Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Vision 2025” amid the COVID-19 pandemic. BIMP-EAGA is a sub-regional cooperation which is primarily focused on underdeveloped and economically disadvantaged areas of the four-member countries, to ensure their overall growth and development. The “BIMP-EAGA Vision 2025” is also concentrated on Priority Infrastructure Projects (PIPS) including roads, railways, bridges, inland transport services, airports and seaports, power and energy infrastructure, information and communications technology, trade facilitation, as well as environment and urban development amounting to $21-billion. Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Assistant Secretary Romeo Montenegro said their agency ensures the concrete and strengthened participation of the Philippines in the BIMP-EAGA, particularly in the focused areas of Mindanao and Palawan province. However, he also reported that the country is still facing some challenges such as the lack of trading and limited direct connectivity flights in the focused areas. The establishment of new direct flights and launching of new shipping routes have also been derailed by the current emergency health crisis. The panel will continue to discuss the matter during the next committee hearings.