Ejercito pushes for creation of PH comprehensive infra master plan
MANILA, Philippines — Former Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito on Tuesday vowed to prioritize creating a Philippine Comprehensive Infrastructure Master Plan should he get elected again in the Senate.
This master plan, according to Ejercito, will serve as a blueprint for major infrastructure projects in the country that would be in operation for decades.
“Ito ay magiging master plan ng ating bansa for major infrastructure projects. Maaaring tumagal ito ng ilang dekada, regardless kung sino ang uupong Pangulo,” he said in a statement.
(This will serve as the master plan of our country for major infrastructure projects. This could last for decades regardless of who will sit as president)
“Kahit sino ang umupo bilang Pangulo, ito pa rin ang master plan na susundin ng bansa. They can have their pet projects, but the nation will continue to follow the master plan,” Ejercito said.
(Whoever sits as president, our country will still follow this master plan. They can have their pet projects, but the nation will continue to follow the master plan.
He said the front and center of this priority legislation would be the creation of jobs for millions of Filipinos.
“In the long-term, makakagawa tayo ng maraming trabaho para sa nakararaming Pilipino sa pamamagitan ng plano na ito,” the former senator pointed out.
(In the long-term, we can create more jobs for many Filipinos through this master plan.)
Ejercito noted that when he was in the Senate, he was one of the most vocal advocates of
major transportation infrastructure projects like the Philippine National Railways South Long Haul in Southern Luzon and the Mindanao Railway System.
As the principal author of the Universal Healthcare Law, he said he has also pushed for the construction of medical facilities in rural areas. He earlier vowed to oversee the implementation of the said law if given a chance to return to the Senate.
Ejercito served as a senator from 2013 to 2019 but failed to get a fresh term during the 2019 midyear elections.