‘Build, Build, Build’ projects ‘not well thought out,’ says Angara

By: - Reporter / @MRamosINQ
/ 04:34 AM November 18, 2019

Several infrastructure projects included in the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” program, such as the proposed kilometers-long bridge that would connect Visayas and Mindanao islands, were “not well thought out,” Sen. Juan Edgardo Angara admitted on Sunday.

“The original 75 flagship projects may not be well thought out and vetted properly that’s why we saw that 28 of these had been taken off the list and were replaced with more doable and fundable projects,” Angara said.


‘Overly expensive’

Angara, who has been defending the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020 at the Senate plenary deliberations, said the 28 projects were shelved for being “ambitious” and “overly expensive.”


He said under the program’s revised list were construction projects deemed “more realistic,” which the government was expecting to complete before President Duterte’s six-year term ends in 2022.

“Many of these projects will not be completed in 2022, but what is important is that work on these will start already and will be continued by the next administration,” he said.

But Angara, the Senate finance committee chair, rejected Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon’s observation that Mr. Duterte’s much-vaunted program, which was supposed to spur the “golden age in the country’s infrastructure,” was a “dismal failure.”

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: build build build project, Sen. Juan Edgardo Angara
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.