Decentralization of governance and financing of public roads in the Philippines in the 1990s

Decentralization of governance and financing of public roads in the Philippines in the 1990s

The main purpose of this paper is to describe and evaluate recent practices in Philippine transport infrastructure policies, with emphasis on market-oriented policies and decentralized governance.

The researchers in this paper find that the government’s overall goal in the early 1990s to integrate urban and rural areas (thereby linking the industry and agriculture sectors) by improving the road network has been a failure.

They suggest that insufficient funds (previously in the hands of the national government), failure to attract the private sector and encourage private-public partnerships only meant that the huge problem has just been relocated from one administrative level to another.

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