President Rodrigo Duterte wants major government projects under its Build, Build, Build Program completed before his terms ends in 2020, Malacañang said on Saturday.
Duterte met with several business groups, including companies involved in the Sangley Point International Airport project, in in Beijing, China on Friday.
The President said the Sangley Point International Airport should be finished in two years, according to Malacañang.
“Whatever your plans, do it fast,” Duterte told Cavite local officials and companies involved in the airport project.
Duterte, who is in China for an official visit, added that the project must be completed before his term ends.
Involved in the project are Cavite Holdings, China Communication Construction Co. and China Airport Construction Group Co. Ltd.
Duterte said he wanted the infrastructure projects finished before his term ends, as he was a “man in a hurry.”
The Palace said construction industry delegates from the Philippines also paid the President a courtesy call and expressed their full support for the administration’s Build, Build, Build program.
“At the same time, [they suggested] the crafting of a law that will ensure continuity in the implementation of major government infrastructure projects,” the Palace said.
“They renewed their commitment to help sustain the administration’s Build, Build, Build program and told the President that they look at China as a source of new technologies, as well as know-how to improve quality and minimize wastage,” it added.
The construction delegates also want the administration to have a multi-year program to sustain the Build, Build, Build program and streamline programs through wide use of electronic data.
Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, who was present during the courtesy call, said having a law institutionalizing government spending would ensure continuity of big-ticket infrastructure projects.
“Currently, the Philippines lags behind its Asian neighbors in terms of infrastructure development,” Lopez said.