Binibini's clueless answer to 'Build, Build, Build' question prompts DOTr campaign


Posted at Mar 21 2018 08:41 PM | Updated as of Dec 11 2018 07:32 PM

Sandra Lemonon. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - A Binibining Pilipinas contestant's lack of insight into the government's "Build, Build, Build" infrastructure program has prompted the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to promote it even more.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, the DOTr thanked Sandra Lemonon for inspiring the agency to promote the infrastructure push.

"Ms. Sandra Lemonon, thank you. You inspired us to campaign for Build Build Build more," the DOTr said.

The agency even added some encouraging words for Lemonon, who failed to win a crown in the national pageant last Sunday.

"Fight, fight, fight lang girl!" the agency said with a smiley.


During the pageant's question and answer portion, Lemonon was asked for her insights on the government’s 'Build, Build, Build' program, to which she painfully admitted that she had none.

She responded: "Actually you know what, I studied so much for this Q&A, but sadly that's something that I don't know really much about. But at least I'm here trying to answer a good question. Thank you."

Speaking to ABS-CBN News on Tuesday, Lemonon said that if anything, her Q&A moment highlights the public's lack of awareness on national issues, or the supposed shortcoming of government units when it comes to information dissemination.

"I'm so happy that this happened," Lemonon said. "I do not regret anything, because in the end, at least now everyone knows what the "Build, Build, Build" program is! I know what it is, everyone else who didn't know what it was, now they know."

The 'Build, Build, Build' program is an ambitious infrastructure push by the Duterte administration, which aims to build among others, the first ever subway in Metro Manila and railway in Mindanao. 

Once completed, it is expected to generate 2 million jobs annually, while solving crippling traffic jams that cost the economy P2.4 billion in daily losses, according to a Japanese study.