Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway Rehabilitation Project (I) (II)


After the Philippines gained independence, economic growth led to a need to develop the road network. Thus in the 1960s, construction began on the Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway, which goes from north to south of the country and is the largest trunk highway in the country.As this highway developed, in the 1970s construction progressed on related roads and regional trunk roads that connect to it. In the1980s, the road extensions continued, with construction of local access roads and regional road networks. Therefore,the period up to the 1980s was one of quantitative road extension to cope with the growing demand for road transport. As the road network was enhanced, motorization rapidly escalated, and road transport became the primary means of transport in the Philippines.Meanwhile, the high priority placed on increasing the quantity of roads meant that attention to road quality was unavoidably sacrificed.Moreover,serious problems were created by road damage that progressed rapidly due to unsuitable designs and inferior construction work, inadequate operation and maintenance, and incomplete enforcement of laws against overloaded vehicles. Acute problems also resulted from the fact that underdevelopment of alternative routes and inadequate disaster measures left regional areas isolated during disasters due to road closures.For these reasons, ensuring a safe and reliable means of transportation became an important issue in the 1990s.The Philippine government started

Source InstitutionJapan International Cooperation Agency
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Place of PublicationManila
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