How are we much better now? Duterte’s ‘Build Build Build’ three years after

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In three years of President Rodrigo Duterte since he took office; his “Build Build Build” program had been under different challenges and attacks by his critics but showed remarkable success, nonetheless.

This major project of the Duterte administration aims to increase infrastructure spending of the country from 5.4 percent of our Gross Domestic Product in 2017 to 7.3 percent come year 2022 – which is higher compared to the past six administrations.

So how are we better now?

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar reported the completion of 9,845 kms of road, 2,709 bridges, 4,536 flood control projects, 82 evacuation centres, and 71,803 classrooms.

Finishing more roads

With the 9,845 roads completed, that includes 1,096 km are farm-to-market roads, 589 km are missing links, 418 km are bypasses or diversion roads, 220 km lead to airports and seaports, 175 km lead to economic zones, and 961 km lead to declared tourism destinations.

Also included a total of 1,121 km roads maintained, 2092.89 km widened, and 1,361 km rehabilitated and upgraded.

Among of these roads completed are:  the Laguna Lake Highway, the Candon City Bypass Road in Ilocos Sur, the Slaughter House Road in Davao City, the Pulilan-Baliuag Diversion Road in Bulacan, the Calapan-Roxas Road in Oriental Mindoro, the Mandaue Causeway Road in Cebu, the Dipolog-Oriquieta Road in Misamis Occidental, the Dumaguete North Road in Negros Oriental, and the Taytay-El Nido Road in Palawan.

Creating more bridges

The total of 2,709 bridges includes 462 that were widened, 108 were constructed, 1,642 strengthened, and 155 replaced. Meanwhile, there were 342 local bridges built.

Thousands of flood control projects

And because the Philippines have a chronic flooding problem, the government is also aggressive in expanding protected flood-prone areas. There were total of 4,536 flood mitigation structures completed since June, 2016.

Barangays Wawang Polo and Coloong, the Flood Risk Management Project for Cagayan River, the Flood Risk Management Project for Tagoloan River, the Leyte Tide Embankment Project. and the Pasig Marikina River Flood Control Project, are among these projects.

More elementary and secondary schools built

In order to provide better education facilities and to ease classroom congestions, Villar said a total of 71,803 classrooms were constructed benefiting more than 3.2 million learners. 

 Another 67,608 classrooms are on its way that is still in various stages of implementation.

What’s more to come?

The Duterte administration will see the completion of big-ticket projects like the Philippine High Standard Highway Network Program, the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway, Central Luzon Link Expressway, NLEX Harbor Link, Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3, and C5 Southlink.

There is also the Mindanao Road Development Network Program, a 2,847 km of road network in Mindanao – it is expected to give better logistics especially for the conflict-affected areas.

 Source: Manila Bulletin

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