MANILA – Public Works secretary Mark Villar said on Wednesday that the Duterte administration’s flagship infrastructure program is at its halfway point, but admitted some projects may not be completed before the president’s term ends in 2022.
“We’re about halfway, I would say we’re halfway towards our goal,” Villar said at a news forum in Manila when asked where the government is in its “Build, Build, Build project.”
The DPWH, which manages about 20,000 projects a year, scheduled the program in a way that most of the infrastructure projects would be finished within President Rodrigo Duterte’s term.
“We’ll do our best to finish as much as we can before the end of the term of the president,” the official said.
Villar added that most of the “Build, Build, Build” projects are government-funded, though some are financed through official development assistance (ODA) from other countries, such as China, Japan, Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Responding to critics’ apprehension of Chinese loans, he said the government is still “working out the loans from China.” “At this point, it’s premature to start panicking about anything, and to be fair to China, they’ve been very generous,” he said.
Meanwhile, Villar said the Skyway project, one of the projects under “Build, Build, Build,” is 70 percent completed. He said the department targets for the structure to be “substantially” – about 95 percent – completed by the end of 2019.
Once fully completed, Skyway Stage 3 will link the South Luzon Expressway and the North Luzon Expressway, cutting down travel time from Makati to Balintawak, Quezon City to 15 to 20 minutes. (GMA News)