A chain of 7,107 islands composed the Philippine archipelago. The country continues to enjoy a rapid booming economy. Trade and tourism is expected to rise significantly. The economy surged forward with 7.0% real GDP growth in the 2nd quarter of 2016. Economic analysts expect the country’s excellent performance to continue in the coming years back-up by a solid government policy agenda. Sustained booms in the construction and services sectors contributed greatly to this.
As for tourism, the country welcomed 502,739 tourists for the month of August alone. This is 4.59% higher than the arrivals of 480,689 in August of 2015. It surpassed the 500,000 visitor monthly volumes. For the country to extend growth, more infrastructures are needed.
The Philippines are regularly regularly hampered by catastrophic typhoons and storms. Travel by sea and air are most affected. Thousands of passengers and cargoes are often stranded. This gives us all the more reason to connect the archipelago through land travel. By building long span bridges all over the country, travelling by land will allow the continuous flow of trade and tourism even in harsh weather conditions. Eventually, it will translate into continuous economic activities for Filipinos, boosting tourism to a new level.
Listed on the next page are some of the proposed “Superbridges” that will crossed seas and connect islands in the new Philippines.