MANILA - Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo once again dismissed Senator Franklin Drilon's claims on the Duterte administration's "Build, Build, Build" program, blasting the senator for not getting his facts straight.
This, after Drilon said the government's ambitious P9.2-trillion infrastructure push is a “dismal failure."
"Senator Drilon is either too lethargic to get his facts straight or is unable to contain the opposition’s penchant to foist false narratives. The facts cannot be any clearer," Panelo said in a statement Wednesday night.
Panelo touted the government's achievements since the start of President Rodrigo Duterte's term, saying there has been a 12.7 percent construction growth from 2016 to 2018.
According to Panelo, the government has completed the following major projects:
- NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10
- Governor Miranda Bridge (Davao del Norte)
- Laguna Lake Highway
- Pigalo Bridge
- TPLEx - Pozorrubio
- Bohol - Panglao International Airport
- Cagayan de Oro Passenger Terminal Building
- Cavite Gateway Terminal
- Communications Navigation System/ Air Traffic Management (CNS/ ATM)
- New Clark City
He also said there are 35 ongoing projects, with 32 more projects expected to start construction in the next 6 to 8 months. Twenty-one projects are in the advanced stages of government approval, and 12 are in the advanced stages of feasibility studies.
Thirty-eight projects are expected to completed by 2022, while 22 will be partially operational or substantially completed by that time.
There are also 40 projects that will be completed beyond 2022.
Panelo also boasted of the completion of 9,845 kilometers of road, 2,709 bridges, 4,536 flood control projects, 82 evacuation centres, and 71,803 classrooms under the supervision of the Department of Public Works and Highways.
"Presently, the government is forging full steam ahead in implementing its key projects, in accordance with law and applicable regulations, in spite of minor setbacks and challenges like right of way issues. The President remains committed in his vision to enable Filipinos to enjoy a "matatag, maginhawa, at panatag na buhay," Panelo said.
Panelo, likewise, said it is "amusing" that some media outlets still gave Drilon's remarks banner headlines today despite his earlier dismissal of Drilon's remarks.
"The Office of the President therefore finds it amusing that some media outlets even gave Senator Drilon's remarks banner headlines today, November 13, despite this representation's retort yesterday, during his press conference in Malacañang, by way of reading for almost ten minutes some of the feats attained through the Build Build Build Program," he said.
President Rodrigo Duterte's “Build, Build, Build” program seeks to bring the Philippines to its “golden age of infrastructure" by building road networks and modernizing the country’s main gateways.
It also hopes to spur economic growth in the country by providing jobs and boosting spending, especially in the construction sector.