DOTr refutes 2017 COA report: No projects delayed under Tugade’s watch
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Thursday refuted a 2017 Commission on Audit (COA) report stating that its projects are delayed and that it is underspending on infrastructure projects. It insisted that there were no delays under Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade’s administration.
“We would like to state categorically that the delays in implementation, which cost the government P299.75 million in commitment fees, were not accumulated during our administration. In fact, the DOTr has ordered a 24-hour construction schedule, and has successfully fast-tracked several projects that have been delayed for years,” the DOTr said in a statement.
The department said the construction of the new Bohol Airport and Sustainable Environment Protection Project, the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 1 Cavite Extension, and LRT Line 2 Masinag Extension are ongoing.
Moreover, the Puerto Princesa Airport Development Project was only inaugurated in 2017 and the delay did not happen under Tugade’s watch.
Meanwhile, the Cebu Bus Rapid Transit System was already approved by the National Economic and Development Authority – Investment Coordination Committee during Tugade’s administration while the New Communications, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management Systems Development Project were being prioritized by Tugade.
The Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project Phases 1 and 2 have obtained 12 multi-role response vehicles while the Philippine Coast Guard Capability Development Project received five patrol boats from France.
The DOTr lamented that they are burdened by the delayed projects of the past administration.
“The DOTr is not slacking on the implementation of its projects, ODA-funded or otherwise. We have not been causing the delays. In fact, this administration is bearing the burden of catching up on delayed projects,” DOTr said. /ee
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