Now she knows: Bb. Pilipinas candidate gets 'Build, Build, Build' briefing

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 23 2018 06:02 PM | Updated as of Mar 23 2018 06:28 PM

Now she knows: Bb. Pilipinas candidate gets 'Build, Build, Build' briefing 1
Binibining Pilipinas 2018 candidate Sandra Lemonon. Handout

MANILA- Now she knows.

Binibining Pilipinas candidate Sandra Lemonon on Friday was briefed by the Department Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on the government's 'Build, Build, Build' infrastructure program after she admitted her lack of insights into the matter during the national pageant. 

A photo released by the DPWH shows Lemonon's meeting with 'Build, Build, Build' committee Chairperson Anna Mae Yu Lamentillo.

Now she knows: Bb. Pilipinas candidate gets 'Build, Build, Build' briefing 2
Department of Public Works and Highways 'Build, Build, Build' Committee Chairperson Anna Mae Yu Lamentillo meets with Binibining Pilipinas Sandra Lemonon and briefed her on the Build Build Build Program of the Duterte Administration. Handout

Lemonon's painful admission of her lack of insights into the government's infrastructure push made her the subject of several memes.

"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," Lemonon said during the pageant's question and answer portion.

Earlier this week, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) thanked Lemonon for inspiring the agency to promote the infrastructure push even more.

Lemonon earlier told ABS-CBN News 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 and address crippling traffic jams that cost the economy P2.4 billion in daily losses, according to a Japanese study.