Drilon: Poor implementation of 75 flagship projects, proof of government underspending

Maris Federez
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte lowers the time capsule as he leads the grounbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Christine Villas at Brgy. Maria Cristina in Balo-i, Lanao del Norte on February 28, 2018. Assisting the President are National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and National Housing Authority General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon believes that there is a problem with the Duterte Administration’s manner of spending in terms of the implementation of government infrastructure projects.

Drilon said he will be checking if the 75 flagship projects of the administration, which the Senate is yet to receive the list of, are all funded by China.

Drilon insists that it is very evident that there was an underspending on the part of the administration.

“The contribution of government spending to our economic growth is not being met not because there are no funds available, but of course the funds appropriated are not being spent,” the senator said.

The senator earlier called the “Build, Build, Build” program a “dismal failure” as there are only nine out of 75 initial flagships projects under construction halfway into the Duterte administration.

Senator Sonny Angara, on the other hand, said the administration must review the big projects lined up and replace them with doable and more feasible projects.

From 75 infrastructure projects, 100 more implementable projects may be started under the Duterte Administration.

Angara said several problems have slowed down the implementation of the flagship projects.

“Yung mga feasibility study […] yun ang natatagalan. Yung ibang construction – yung right of way, I think, is one of the biggest bottlenecks,” he said.

The nine projects that the administration has already started are the three road projects in Clark City, the construction of Binondo bridge, the rehabilitation of Estrella Bridge, and the construction of the new terminal at the Clark International Airport. (from the report of Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

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