MANILA – Public Works Secretary Mark Villar on Friday assured the public that the Duterte government would not drag its feet in implementing the infrastructure projects that aim to boost economy and ease transportation woes.
Villar said President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to complete some infrastructure projects within his term by promising to shun bureaucratic hurdles and eliminate corruption.
“We can see the president is very focused in improving and creating a pipeline of projects that can be implemented at the soonest possible time,” Villar told reporters in Hong Kong where Duterte is currently in a working visit.
“This is the time we have to work together. We have to make sure everyone is on board. If you are not, you have to step aside for everyone else. We will not tolerate slowness. We know malaki ang pangangailangan ng ating kababayan. Our commitment is we have no tolerance for people who are moving slowly.”
Villar said the government aims to pressure itself by posting on the government website build.gov.ph the target completion date of a project.
“The start date, end date are there for everyone to see and to pressure ourselves, to show people that we are sincere to finish these projects,” he said.
“We put ourselves on the line and we are ready to implement these projects and make sure they are implemented at the fastest possible time.”
The Duterte government recently launched its economic blueprint dubbed “Dutertenomics,” wherein the construction of key infrastructure items is the priority under the “Build, Build, Build” mantra.
The government under Duterte plans to spend P8.4 trillion for infrastructure projects, and P3.6 trillion of this would be spent in the next three years. The program covers more than 60 big-ticket items, including a subway system that would connect key areas in Metro Manila.
Duterte's predecessor, Benigno Aquino, made fighting corruption the centerpiece of "Aquinomics," wherein former president Gloria Arroyo was jailed on plunder charges that were later dismissed.
While growth under Aquino picked up to the 7-percent level, it was criticized for not being felt by the poor.