After touring for two straight days the new economic hubs of Laguna province, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. gave a preview of how he would solve poverty once he is elected vice president.
Marcos yesterday saw the newly-built city hall of Santa Rosa which is even better than the city halls of Metro Manila. The city’s sports arena is nearing completion and it is an awesome edifice. This city south of Manila is home to industrial parks with heavy foreign investments.
“What I am proposing is to increase the infrastructure spending from 2.5 percent of the GDP (gross domestic product) to five percent. The increase should be spent in building new schools, irrigations, dams, sea ports, highways, bridges, internet infra, and new power sources,” he said.
However, Marcos said this could only be done if government agencies are ready to implement the projects.
He said the Aquino administration tried to increase spending at the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) but the department could not implement the projects because it did not have enough engineers.
“You improve the system and adopt new technologies. DPWH is lacking in expertise,” Marcos said.
He added that even the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) should actively participate in the achievement of projects like in the field of research.
“All these new developments have become important in the world market. More jobs means people will feel the investments and bring in inclusive growth,” he added.
The senator said progress can only be achieved with cheaper and reliable power sources.
“We have to consider all sources of energy from biofuel, oil, wind, solar, and the traditional sources like hydro power and geothermal. If ever the nuclear power plant was allowed to operate, we would not have a problem because the more than 600 megawatt was enough then,” he explained.
Marcos cited South Korea’s experience when it constructed five similar nuclear power plants with one more under construction.