DPWH 50% done with Build, Build, Build

DPWH 50% done with Build, Build, Build

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s ambitious infrastructure program more known as the Build Build Build project might see some big item project not complete before the President’s term end in 2022, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)Secretary Mark Villar said. 

With more than 9,000 kilometers of road; 2,000 bridges and 4,000 flood control projects and thousands of other projects, Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said the Duterte administration is already halfway done with the Build Build Build program.

“I would say we’re halfway toward our goal,” Villar said.

DPWH Sec. Mark Villar at work  (photo credit to owner)

Villar added that the DPWH, which handles around 20,000 projects yearly, has already set a timetable to have the lion’s share of the 75 flagship projects finished within Duterte’s term.
For this to be possible, the DPWH chief said the DPWH needs a P500-billion budget in 2020. The agency’s budget for this year was P454 billion, following veto cuts.
Regarding the Skyway project, a portion of which was opened early this week, would be about 95% complete by the end of the year.

As per National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) earlier said implementing agencies have identified 47 out of the 75 flagship programs that will be finished beyond the term of Duterte in 2022.
“Most projects would be fully completed, but of course, there might be some that aren’t completely finished (by the time Duterte steps down) but we’ll do our best to finish as much as we can before (that),” Villar explained.
Infrastructure spending has reached five percent of gross domestic product (GDP) this year, according to DPWH. The agency was eyeing to maximize spending to seven percent of GDP before Duterte’s term ends.
“If you compute it, every year we are looking at P8 trillion in spending before the end of the President’s term,” Villar added

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