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RP NCTS 1997-03: Patterns of Regional Transportation Infrastructure Investment and Development Indicators in the Philippines

The growing concern on the widening gap among regions give impetus to the adoption of regional development approach as a key strategy towards a balanced distribution of welfare to different parts of the country. Transportation had always been considered as one of the most important factors influencing the pattern of economic activity. Studies assessing the impact of transportation investment in regional development are only recently given attended and thus related literature on the subject is still limited. This paper sought to contribute insights how patterns of transportation investment affect the pace of development in the regions. This study investigates the patterns of regional investment in transportation infrastructure vis--vis trends of various regional development indicators in the country for the last fifteen years. It assesses the influence of regional transport infrastructure investment to growth and development of the regions. It also explores empirical relationships between patterns of regional transportation infrastructure investments and regional growth and development indices. The study reveals that there is a strong positive relationship between patterns of regional investment in transportation infrastructure and trends in regional economic performance. Furthermore, it suggests that the promotion of transport infrastructure investment among regions, specifically highways and ports will help enhance regional economy. Airport investment is also expected to influence the trends of regional economic performance considering the rapid technological progress associated to this transport mode.

UP-National Center for Transportation Studies
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Hernandez, Manuel Q.; infrastructure; transportation; infrastructure development;
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