DIOKNO ADDRESSES SLOW PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION

‘Change’ means speeding up infra projects under 6-yr term

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The Duterte government vowed to change the sequential order of implementing public projects in the past and will, instead, speed up building new infrastructure in the next six years.

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said the move is in line with the government’s promise of a “golden age” in the country’s infrastructure sector that should bolster economic growth even further.

“The problem is that, they did projects sequentially before. We’re not gonna do that. We learned from the mistakes of past administrations. That’s why we’ve opened unsolicited proposals,” Diokno said as a panel speaker during the BDO Nomura Infrastructure and PPP Outlook forum on Monday.

“Whenever there is a change in administration, they [government]update the plans and projects, which take years to implement. For us, we are willing to take on the project designed by the past administration. If it’s a good project, we will implement it,” he added.


Diokno said the traditional way of proceeding with projects in the Philippines, especially in the public sector, involved a step-by-step process practiced by developers and contractors, instead of taking all the needed steps simultaneously for faster implementation and delivery.

In the past, it took three years or more, sometimes stretching up to a decade, to finish an infrastructure project, yielding detrimental results for the country’s economic growth, he said.

Diokno was responding to a question raised by DMCI Holdings Inc.’s Isidro Consunji during the panel discussion, citing the slow implementation of past projects and uncertainty in policies despite fine-tuned plans, abundant funding sources and private sector willingness to help.

Consunji pointed out the need for “predictability” and consistency in economic governance, which he said would help accelerate the completion of infrastructure projects.

Ramping up infra project

Diokno said the government is ramping up infrastructure spending in 2017, setting the budget for such at 5.4 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, which can further increase to 7.2 percent by 2022.

For projects under the public private partnership (PPP) scheme, the budget secretary said the government aims to roll out a total of 17 PPP projects by end-2017 worth P580 billion. To date, the country has already 13 PPP projects in place valued at P293.3 billion.

To end the “past neglect” of the infrastructure segment, solutions toward faster project implementation include “non-stop” 24/7 construction, which will be implemented starting January next year, as well as the reduction of the average processing time of PPP projects to 18 to 20 months, from the current 29 months.

Diokno said the government estimates to spend a total of P8.3 trillion or $180 billion for infrastructure in the next six years of the Duterte administration.

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  1. Isang eksampol ng kagaguhan sa trapik management, dati and U-turn Katipunan Extension-Balara sa Shuster St. UP gate, sinarado inilipat sa UPIS, sinarado UPIS U-Turn at nilipat uli sa UP Mall ng Ayala, resulta mas lumala trapik kada lipat.

    At dapat I re-open ang UP campus para bawas trapik sa Tandang Sora, Commonwealth, CP Garcia, Katipunan Extension. Itong state college kasi na binabayaran ng taxpayer dapat ituring na public road hindi private at exclusive. Tignan mo ginawa sa daan ng UP-Ikot ginawa nilang jogging lane, at mayroon pang Abnoy MRT experimental monorail tren na nakadisplay sa bungad ng UP Diliman. Itong 1/2 Bil. UP proyekto may silbi ba ito para mabawasan trapik? Wala! Di mapakinabangan ng mga estudyante o mananakay.

    Kaya pala kadudaduda ang pagka-arson sa UP Admin building para papeles at ebidensya doon masunog bago bumaba si Abnoy, para lang mapagtakpan ang mga maanomalyang kontrata ng UP tulad ng pagbente ng UPIS sa Ayala at Abnoy laruan na tren-trenan doon.

  2. Koko Celebredo on

    Mas mabilis mas maganda. Ang tagal naman kasi ng Special Powers ni Duterte.

    Sa ngayon medyo na speed-up na yung sa NAIA.

    Yung mga station ng LRT, inaayos na rin, gumagana na yung mga elevators at escalators sa ibang istasyon.

    Sa MRT, naglagay ng electric fans.

  3. Nagpalit lang ng liderato itaas, pero sa ibaba ganon pa rin; at ako ay nasa ibaba. Kung hindi ko maramdaman sa ibaba, ano pa ang silbi ng itaas? Akala ko kapag nag-umpisa na si Duterte manungkulan, may pagbabago at disiplina na sa lipunan na mismong ginagalawan ko. Sa ngayon wala akong makitang pinagkaiba sa nakaraan. Kung anim na taon pa ang pag-aantay bago maramdaman, bago dumating yun, sa ibang bayan na ako makikipagsapalaran.

  4. Ano na nga ba ang nagbago sa Metro Manila ngayon? Ang dinadaanan kong EDSA araw-araw traffic pa rin. Dalawang oras pa rin ang biyahe ko Lunes hanggang Biyernes. Madalas nakatayo pa rin ako sa biyahe; madalas late pa nga. Ang MRT punuan pa rin. Ang Ayala station, palagi pa rin sira ang escalator. Mahaba ang pila. Papano na lang ang mga disabled?

    Ang palagi kong nakikita sa TV, nilalabanan daw ang droga. Maganda yan. Wala akong tutol. Pero maliban sa matatapang, magaganda, at inspirational na salita ng Pangulo, wala pa rin akong nakikitang pagbabago.

    Magkakaroon pa kaya? Hindi ko pa maramdaman.

    • Masyado ka namang adelantado, mahigit isang daang araw pa lang ang Duterte administration para magkaroon agad ng pagbabago sa transportasyon. Yun ngang nakaraan, 6 years na walang naitayo kundi yung 4 kilometers na Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway lang.