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Duterte's revised list an admission Build program a failure —Drilon

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said Thursday that the revised list of Build, Build, Build program was a ‘cosmetic’ move to show that the projects are moving.

“Obviously, dinagdag lang yung 53 projects so that there can be some cosmetic and so they can say that things are moving,” Drilon told reporters after the plenary deliberation on the budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways.

The opposition senator said the government should just be transparent and admit that they cannot implement the other vetted projects.

“Hindi ko naman maintindihan kung bakit hindi aaminin? Why they can’t admit? Maybe there was over enthusiasm at the start of the administration when they listed 75 flagship projects. Ngayon in the middle of this administration, they realized na hindi kaya. Bakit hindi nila sabihin nang diretso?” he said.

He further said that some of 53 projects included in the list are already ongoing projects.

“Some of those 53 projects, - it was admitted on record – are ongoing projects. So isinama doon sa flagship projects para sabihin siguro at the end of this administration, they can claim na out of 100 flagship projects, so many were done, so they will get good grades. There is nothing wrong with that but, maybe, transparency would be a better standard,” he said.

Drilon earlier called the government infrastructure program as a dismal failure as only nine of the 75 flagship programs have started construction, based on the report of the Commission on Audit.

The government revised its Build, Build, Build list which now covers 100 projects from the initial 75. Some infrastructure projects were scrapped due to feasibility issues.

The updated list covers flagship infrastructure projects under five categories, namely,  transport and mobility; power; water; information and communications technology; and urban development and renewal.

Drilon said the 75 projects earlier designated as flagship projects “were really something that could be game-changer for many of the provinces and the people affected by those 75 projects. Now after they have reviewed it, they removed some projects.” —LDF, GMA News