MANILA – Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Tuesday said various projects under the Duterte administration’s Build, Build, Build Program help save the country’s economy as the pandemic persists.
In a radio interview, Andanar said some of the projects in provinces are to ensure that the bid for further development is spread across the country.
These include infrastructure built and underway in Region 2 (Cagayan Valley) such as the upgraded airport projects in Tuguegarao Airport, Palanan Airport, Basco Airport, and Cauayan Airport; farm-to-market roads, and access roads.
“Itong lahat pong ito ay bahagi po ng Duterte Legacy. Ang Build, Build, Build ni Presidente ay isang pinakamahalgang cornerstone ng bansa. We are hovering almost 5 percent infrastructure spending compared to an average of 2 percent nitong mga nakaraang administrasyon (These are all part of the Duterte Legacy. The Build, Build, Build of the President is one of the important cornerstones of our country. We are hovering almost 5 percent infrastructure spending compared to an average of 2 percent in the previous administrations),” he said.
“Kaya nga tawag natin sa Digong administration ay Golden Age of Infrastructure dahil malaki ang perang ibinubuhos natin. More than six million jobs created because of this and actually naisasalba po ang ating ekonomiya ngayong panahon ng pandemya dahil sa Build, Build, Build (That’s the reason why the Duterte Administration is called the Golden Age of Infrastructure because we invested so much on this. More than six million jobs created because of this. Actually, the Build, Build, Build helped save our economy during the pandemic),” he added.
The country is now experiencing massive expansion in infrastructure unseen since the time of former President Ferdinand Marcos, which helped transform its economy and maintained the Philippines’ title as one of Asia’s rising tigers.
In terms of road enhancement and development, Andanar said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has reported the completion of more than 29,000 road projects, including widening and rehabilitation.
At least 671 infrastructure projects under the Department of Transportation are already complete. These include the 451 building and rehabilitation projects for the country’s seaports and 214 airport projects.
Andanar also cited that more than 150,000 classrooms were built and rehabilitated in the past five years of the administration. (PR)