Some P30 billion from Build, Build, Build budget reallocated for COVID-19 response: DPWH


Posted at Apr 07 2020 12:37 PM | Updated as of Apr 07 2020 12:47 PM

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MANILA - The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Tuesday said that around P30 billion from Build, Build, Build projects was reallocated to critical areas to help government in its fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Public Works Secretary Mark Villar stressed that no major flagship projects will be affected but only delayed.

“There was a portion of the budget that was reallocated, not that big, it was about P30 billion,” he said in an interview on ANC.

He said they can source the said amount from projects that might not be of critical need at this point and that it could be delayed. 

Construction of several infrastructure projects was halted for at least a month as the government directed its efforts to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There might be some delays but obviously because of COVID that work schedules change slightly,” he said.

Villar earlier said that his department is currently focused on converting convention centers into massive quarantine facilities for COVID-19 patients. 

He assured the public that major Build, Build, Build projects will be prioritized and would push through. They will look for projects that are not as critical, he said. 

“I feel strongly that we’ll be able to catch up with our targets,” he said. 

Government's major infrastructure program aims to build more bridges, roads, airports and transport systems, among others, to generate employment and spur economic growth.