outbrain
Close  

Grace Poe warns gov’t vs ‘quick fixes, band-aid solutions’

By: - Reporter / @MAgerINQ
/ 12:27 PM November 11, 2015
Poe-1007

Presidential aspirant Sen. Grace Poe. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Independent presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe cautioned the government on Wednesday against making “quick fixes, last-minute remedies or band-aid solutions” just to beef up its accomplishments by June 30, 2016.

Poe made this warning amid what she described as “frenzied” efforts of the government to complete or repair infrastructure projects and fulfill unfinished commitments.

ADVERTISEMENT

“A legacy should have a lasting positive effect rather than further embroiling society in problems once this administration leaves office. Rushing things can ruin things, so they say. And I’m afraid this is what’s happening now,” she said in a statement.

The senator then cited the “seemingly endless road repairs these past weeks that have inconvenienced the public so much that we have started to be swallowed up into a way of life forever marred by traffic.”

FEATURED STORIES

She also pointed out the spate of infrastructure projects that started too late in the administration but are now being rushed such as the Skyway extension and the flyover from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport complex to Diosdado Macapagal Avenue in the reclamation area in Pasay City.

READ: ‘Yolanda’ survivors still lament lack of permanent shelter, calls DSWD chief a liar

Likewise, the senator expressed doubts if the government could still fulfill its promises to the victims of Super Typhoon “Yolanda” in the last eight months of President Benigno Aquino III’s administration.

“It has been two years since the calamity and yet there is still so much to be accomplished, so many still to be helped,” said Poe.

READ: 9,200 protest ‘irregularities’ in Yolanda housing aid 

For requirements of permanent shelters alone, she said, the government hardly made a dent in alleviating the plight of more than 200,000 families who were displaced by the super typhoon.

“From the government’s own admission, it was only able to provide permanent housing for 298 families in the last two years. How can you make up for the remainder of the total of 205,198 families who were rendered homeless by Yolanda in the next eight months?” the senator asked.

ADVERTISEMENT

Poe then warned that the government might also resort to “band-aid solutions and haphazardly built houses” just to fulfill the said promises.

“And by this time next year, we might end up commemorating the Yolanda tragedy with nothing to show and with victims still crying out for help,” she further said. RAM

Read Next
EDITORS' PICK
MOST READ
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: Administration, band-aid solutions, Diosdado Macapagal Avenue, last-minute remedies, Ninoy Aquino International Airport complex, Pasay City, President Benigno Aquino III, quick fixes, Senator Grace Poe, Skyway extension, Super Typhoon Yolanda
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.