Angara urges government to spend more on infra projects

Senator Edgardo Angara. INQUIRER file photo

Senator Edgardo Angara. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Edgardo Angara on Wednesday urged the government to increase its spending on overdue infrastructure projects.

In a statement, Angara said the country was still very much lacking in important infrastructure like road networks, particularly in the countryside, airports and seaports.

A “well-planned transportation network,” he said, was necessary to spur growth nationwide.

“We are a fragmented geography across an area of 300,000 square kilometers. Transportation networks and systems are therefore vital to the mobility of our people and the goods and products we trade,” Angara said in a statement.

Angara, vice-chair of the Senate committee on finance, noted that investing in transportation networks will give a boost to tourism and the local economy.

“Improving our transportation network will encourage commerce and trade between the different islands, which is severely limited now. We are still very Manila-centric in terms of trade because of the lack in transportation infrastructure,”  he explained.

“We must avoid the same mistake of underspending on such vital initiatives. Being overly cautious will stifle our economic growth. We must build on the momentum of robust first quarter growth through aggressive but smart spending,” the senator added.

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  • malayangpinoy

    Ang nakikita lang ng mga opisyal natin ay ang mga Hi way at mga metro roads,kahit di pa naman sira sirain na samantala ang mga nasa bayan at probinsya di na halos madaanan walang nakakakita,mabibigyan nalang ng importansya pag malapit na ang election kasi dadaan ang mga politiko para mangampanya,dapat yon ang bigyang prayuridad ang farm to market road para di mahirapan magdala ng prodokto sa bayan ang mga magsasaka,kong di pa naman sira ang mga kalsada wag nang sirain pa

    • Rolando

      Aba eh kung bibilangin natin ang nakapapel na infra-structures, sobrang dami na. Kaya lang, it is still in the FUTURE TENSE.

      • malayangpinoy

        ganun nga po

      • sanjuan683

        Pinagluluko lang tayo ni Angara ubos na pera para  infra dahil naibigay na sa mga tongresmen at senatong. hehehehe Nakakahiya kayo mga kawatan at manghuhuhot. Mga kagagalang ng magnanakaw. hehehehehehehehe

  • KennonKid

    Er, I thought the senate is a part of the government.

  • Night

    noynoying!!!! akala ko ba maayos na maayos na ang gobyerno natin ayon kay Saint god Angel Pwenoy ????


  • Ai

    We must avoid the same mistake of underspending on such vital initiatives. Being overly cautious will stifle our economic growth. We must build on the momentum of robust first quarter growth through aggressive but smart spending,” the senator added.
     Nice words, Sir, but it would be better if you give up your pork and donate it to DPWH or NEDA to increase funding for public works. Less pork to Congress means “smart spending” since that money will be well-spent because of Pnoy’s tuwid na daan.

  • BacolodBoy

    This current government will simply end the 6 years terms without major infrastructures. 

  • Jon

    All play and no work makes Budoy a happy boy.
    Let’s keep Budoy happy so don’t let him worry about running the country.
    He already has his remove-Corona candy.
    Why should he waste his time with other, less important things?

  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    lahat kc ng magagandang plano sa infra ay gawa ni gma kaya ayaw nya ituloy…pwede b pumiyok?

  • Arafura

    Infrastructure is very important for progress but first: impose capital punishment (meaning death) to those who are found guilty of corrupting it.  Much money has been allocated and spent before but so little actually ended up in projects.  Most were stolen by those trusted to implement it.  From the big bosses down to the dumb sidekicks.  Angara must be running out of ideas to make money, he has been in politics and Govt for a looooong time and yet he only had this realization.  what’s cooking doc?  

  • Lolee A

     Government Engineers involved in infra projects should be sent back to school to know more how to construct better quality of roads and bridges.Road projects funded from a pork barrel last only up to the next election. kaya sayang lang ang pera if the government spend more on infra as stated by Senator Angara.

  • 대성공

    ELECTION TIME na kaya nanghihingi na nang PROYEKTO!

  • opinyonlangpo

    Finally. Infrastructure projects are the key to progress and success in any country. First is the road transportation networks and bridges linking populated areas and second, a communication infrastrure. Its not just trade and economic growth that will be improved, the basic public services will also be improved, hospitals and schools will be able to serve a wider area instead of numerous incomplete/sometimes unmanned mini hospitals, clinics, and schools scattered all over  remote areas. Transportation time will be reduced(100 km here in Phils is 5hours, in other countries it is less than an hour) and cities will also be decongested. That will be fine, more reason to visit and stay in this country.

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