Aquino vows completion of infrastructure projects by term’s end

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President Aquino: Three years to go for infrastructure projects. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

AGONCILLO, Batangas—Going on the stump in this town for administration candidates, President Aquino on Monday vowed to finish the bulk of the national government’s infrastructure projects before he steps down in 2016.

In his visit to Barangay (village) Bilibinwang, a Taal lakeshore village here, Aquino stressed the value of reliable infrastructure to boost the local economy and tourism.

“As Batangas is opened to opportunities, not just for commerce but for tourism, the result is more improved trade in your town,” the President told about a thousand residents of this fishing community.

Aquino said his administration was focusing on the rehabilitation of the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road and the completion of the 41-kilometer Talisay-Laurel-Agoncillo coastal road in Batangas, which when completed would cut travel time from Tanauan City to Laurel town.

The government hopes to finish the circumferential coastal road by September this year, according to Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson.

Road projects, Aquino said, would attract more tourists to popular destinations in the province, such as the diving site at Barangay Anilao in Mabini town, the beaches in Barangay Laiya in San Juan town and the famous Taal Volcano.

The President, however, blamed “mismanagement” by his predecessors for stalled road projects.

He cited the construction of the Ternate-Nasugbu road that would connect Cavite province and Batangas, which he said had yet to be completed although the project was started in 1994.

“That is almost 20 years and it will be completed only in July. Someone said maybe it is a big project. Yes it is such a big project—all of six kilometers.”

“Even if a turtle did the work, I don’t think it would have laid down the equivalent of 300 meters of road each year,” Aquino said.

Aquino took office three years ago.

He said the government had been pouring money into infrastructure projects since he was elected in 2010.

The President also endorsed Risa Hontiveros, the lone senatorial candidate of the Liberal Party who was present during his visit here, as well as the party’s local candidates in Batangas in the May 13 elections.

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  • Anqui

    I salute your honesty and dedication in performing your duties while in office. You will be remembered in history being the only President who have no baggage while in office and makes good to a promise of a positive change for the Filipino people.

    • piskay

      honest ba yung kinakampihan ang mga sakop nyang may mga anomalya?ang change na nangyari ay lalong naghirap ang mga tao dahil sa taas ng gastusin

      • southDUDE

        Ang gastusin ay hindi kontrol ng pamahalaan. It is a worldwide phenonemon. And for your information, we have one of the lowest inflation rates in asia.

      • hopeless_na

        yeah… we have one of the lowest inflation rates in asia. but, the prices of gasoline and electricity, we have the highest.

      • piskay

        sa panahon ni glorya ang NFA rice ay 18 ,ngayon ay 30..marunong ka bang magkumpara,saan ang mas maganda/?

      • ernievictory

        lalong naghihirap ang mga tao ? magsumikap ka kasi , tamad !

      • piskay

        kahit anong sipag mo kung walang opurtunidad at kulang kulang sa atupag ng gobyerno ,wala rin.tingnan mo maraming bagong graduates ang mga tambay

      • noyab

        sige bigyan mo ng trabaho kung may ibibigay ka retard,,,wala ngang employment opportunities sa pinas kaya tambak ang nag papaalila sa abroad para lang may maibuhay sa pamilya…

    • Guest

      Daming trabaho sa DILG ngayon lalo na malapit na eleksyon pero si Mar Roxas busy pa rin sumasama sa mga kampanya ng team pnoy

    • noyab

      remembered as an autistic president with no lady takers….bate na lang ng bate

  • Fancy Tan

    sir, pki sama na closure ng Ampatuans case.

    • ernievictory

      ogag , depende sa judge yun !

    • huseng_batute

      Ampatuan case is in the hands of the judiciary branch of government. The President is head of the executive branch.

  • $20926843

    This sitting inutile and autistic president should be called to task by the general public in the near future to account for these promises in which he declared that, “magpapasagasa ako sa train” if these promised completion of projects will not be realized during his/her cursed term. And to add to this, the public should also be ready to have a yellow rope in handy to strangle him/her if he tried to do a Sen Meriam caper by saying, “I lied”.LOL!

    • southDUDE

      Kung matapos naman ito sa takdang oras ay dapat magpasagasa ka rin.

      • MDLANHAM

        That is fair and square. Ano kaya mong ipusta ang bayag mo ;)))))

    • Guest

      Kawawa biktima ng poll violence. Ung DILG secretary natin parang walang pakialam

  • wawa2172

    I am just wondering if PNoy is campaigning for another position higher than presidency by joining the rigorous campaign for government supported candidates. If his candidates are good then let them them do the campaigning without the machinery of the government. Tutukan na lang niya ang trabaho sa palasyo para mapaganda ang buhay nang mg Filipino. For now it is all media mileage and we will be back to real world after election. The billion of pesos being spent for the campaign will have to be recoup after the election and the excessive expenditure will have an effect on pork barrels of the politicians and the executive department, surely big projects will be affected. Most of government proposals will banish after the winning candidates sits in their positions that aside from pork barrels, intelligence funds, committee and task force expenses the politicians will enjoy the additional MOOE’s and bonuses under the new leadership in both chamber of the congress. The FOI bill is still sleeping on the desk of the president na malala na ang ubo dahil sa sobrang paninigarilyo at sa sleepless night dahil kaunti lang daw ang dumadalo sa Team PNoy campaign rallies sa probinsiya kaya he has to sell projects to voters just like bribing them to vote for his candidates. Sorry but the truth hurt, Noy is a politician whose promises are made to be broken.

  • Karma.chameleon

    I haven’t been reading newspapers that much nowadays. Whatever happened to the freedom of information bill? That was why I voted for you….

    • Johnny

      Tama. No substitute achievement please.

  • XY ZEE

    Promises, promises, promises…

  • kismaytami

    Typical politician, promise here, promise there. Gasgas na yang ganyang istilo. Why don’t you blame yourself for stalling projects such as Daang-Hari SLEX connector road na NILALANGAW lang naman hanggang ngayon.

  • digital link

    PPP is for Public-Private Partnership Postponements … always delay, puro drawing lang …

  • dexter

    Mr. President, walk your talk. Fast track the Daang Hari SLEX connector road. It was awarded and still nothing happens.

    • Guest

      Dear PNoy, please appoint a new DILG chief who will work, not campaign for 2016 presidential polls

  • Adam_d_langgam

    talaga si retard oo …. di baleng usad pagong ang mga proects sa ibang probinsya at least meron. ang tarlac na dalawa na ang presidente, hanggang ngayon wala pa din asenso. compared to batangas simeon d retard, mas me narating naman ang batangas ….ala eh …. wala kang binatbat sa batagueno ….

  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    yung circumferential road na pinatigil ng nanay mo sa laguna de bay malaking tulong na sana

  • yxoiyiu

    wala ba kayong napapansin sa mga pronouncement ni pnoy, puro year 2016 matatapos ang projects niya? ine-expect niya na by that time ay limot na ng publiko ang mga pangako niya, at wala siyang pakialam kung ano na ang mangyayari sa mga pilipino tutal ay aalis na siya ng malacanang.

    but one thing is sure, he will go back into politics at tatakbo siya again as a senator or congressman dahil jobless na siya. wala naman siyang sariling business na alam patakbuhin. wala naman siyang makukuhang pension dahil si pnoy na mismo ang nagsabi dati na hindi pa siya qualified tumanggap ng pension dahil wala pa siya sa retirement age by the time he leaves malacanang.

    • noyab

      mag laladlad na siya pag katapos ng term……parang si piolo….

  • shaina banso

    According to Mother Lily Alan Cayetano is our next President. Walang himala Mother Lily!

    • sandra martines

      Hindi lang masyadong kilala ni Mother Lilly ang buong pagkatao si Sen. Alan Cayetano. Pag nalaman niya, tiyak turn off siya kay Alan.

    • jelina samuel

      Mukhang binayaran ni Alan Cayetano si Mother Lily para i-endorse siya. Ganya kasi ginagawa ni Alan Peter.

    • noyab

      naniwala ka naman sa kagayang mong baliw…..

  • Noriel Bernabe

    THE VERY FEW ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE SLACKER PRESIDENT (NOYNOY) SO FAR

    – UN Millennium Development Goals criticized the Philippines for lagging way behind schedule in achieving the targets for improved wellbeing. The Millennium Development Goals is a program for improving indicators on such basic things as bringing down infant mortality, improving nutrition and expanding access to public health care. The global program will end on 2015.

    – The Asian Development Bank, for its part, said that the Philippine government failed to address jobs situation. Our unemployment and underemployment rates have remained largely constant. The so-called “inclusive economic growth” is simply not happening.

    – The country likewise dropped several notches more in the lowest quartile of the Ease of Doing Business Index. The Index surveys government policies and ranks all countries from the most business-friendly to the least. The Philippines under the leadership of noynoy is struggling to make it to the bottom. This is ONE justifiable reason why noynoy’s government barely attracts Foreign Direct Investments. another reason can be attributed to noyony’s cancellation of several contracts administered during the previous administration without justifiable reason. As a result investors’ confidence is because they do not see that noynoy is even serious in honoring contracts.

    – Up until now, much vaunted PPP has no takers proof that investor’s confidence in noy’s government is very low. the budget for infrastructure is still being withheld because apparently noynoy’s government is still studying them. in short everything else are still drawing.

    – The infernal problem of bureaucratic red-tape has been hounding the cOuntry since time immemorial and the current admin has failed miserably in adressing this vital concern. streamlining bureaucratic processes is very important. However, noynoy aquino’s government can’t figure this out.

    the administration is like a headless chicken running in all directions. the infrastructure planning has always been chaotic and politically driven since noynoy assumed office. distribution of infrastructure projects passes through the prism of political patronage. most importantly, this administration failed to come up with strategic blueprint to support businesses.

    – According to noynoy’s NEDA chief, poverty situation in this country hasn’t changed even after noynoy’s government poured in 120 billion for CCT and an assured budget of 45 billion yearly. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that this government isn’t really doing anything solid to address job mismatch and the lack of job opportunities in this country.

    Yes, the economy’s plight will still remain afloat even is noynoying doesn’t do much on the economic aspect. for one, there’s this big bulk of money coming from OFW remittances. second, the BPO industry has been growing even before noynoy assumed office. third, because of our booming population, consumer demand is high thereby creating an illusion of economic prosperity. Even international observers noted that gdp increase was due to high demand. this is the same reason why multi-national companies gravitated to philippine market.

  • Guest

    Alam n’yo kung walang ng tiwala ang mga tao kay Chiz, di siya magtatagal ng ganito sa pulitika. Kita n’yo naman, nag-e-exist pa rin si Chiz.

  • Guest

    Talagang aangat ang satisfaction rating ni Pnoy lalo na’t maganda ang takbo ng ekonomiya natin. Natural lang.

    • noyab

      kailan gumanda……punta ka sa airport para makita ng bulag mong mata ang ganda ng ekonomiya natin…..libo libong OFW ang umaalis dahil walang kinabukasan sa bayan natin…..

  • Ako_Hiking

    More vows, more promises, and more talk from President Aquino. At this point half-way through his term his talks and promises are getting a bit cheap and old. He needs to have some real actions and have some real achievements of his own that benefit the entire Philippines.

  • Guest

    Tumaas ng apat na puntos ang net satisfaction rating ni President Aquino, from 54% naging 59%. Tiyak na magtutuloy-tuloy pa pag-angat niyan.

    • noyab

      tuloy tuloy nna sa tuwid na daan ,,,,saan ba yun di alam ng bayan…..si Acosta KKK kaya di matuloy ang warrant of arrest sa kanila ng nanay niya…..yan ang tuwid na daan ni Pendong

  • Guest

    Sana po tigilan muna ni Mar Roxas ang pagsama-sama sa team pnoy campaign lalo ngayon ang daming election violence

  • Guest

    If Mar Roxas wants to focus on Team PNoy campaign, just take a leave from work. Napapabayaan na

  • noyab

    unahin mo ang Hacienda Luisita, ang hilig mong mag palusot ha , Pendong….

  • disqusted0fu

    For the nth time, Pnoy and vow or promise should never be used together in a sentence… because more often than not, that vow or promise will be broken.

    On the other hand, Pnoy and blame always compliment each other because that’s usually what he does for almost every problem of the PH… he just finds someone or something to blame.

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