Senator Christopher “Bong” Go today threw his support behind the budgets of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and its attached corporations, saying that the DPWH has been hands on in the rebuilding of the Filipino nation since the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Mr. Chairman, I reiterate my gratitude for the efforts of the Department, in coordination with the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), which converted several public facilities into isolation sites and tent cities to cater to Persons Under Investigation (PUI) and Persons Under Monitoring (PUM) in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” said Go during a public hearing on the proposed budget of the DPWH and its attached corporations.
The public hearing was conducted by Senator Juan Edgardo M. Angara, chairman of the Senate finance committee.
Go also expressed optimism that the Vision 2030 of the department, which aims to improve the life of every Filipino through quality infrastructure, would be accomplished.
Some of the goals of the department are to reduce travel time, increase road network capacity, improve road quality and safety, build disaster-resilient structures in calamity prone-areas, and construct new roads and bridges for a seamless transport system, he noted.
“I expect no less from our hardworking and efficient fellow public servants. The goals of the department will complement the continuing promise of President Rodrigo Duterte that he would do everything in his power to give the Filipinos a comfortable life,” the senator said.
Go urged the department to focus on countryside development through creation and improvement of quality infrastructure which will empower the rural areas and decongest the urban areas.
He also lauded the department for providing higher allocation of its capital outlay to the Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao regions.
“As a probinsyano (As a man from the province), this warms my heart for I know that these infrastructure projects will pave the way for the development of the provinces, boost economic opportunities and investments in the countryside. This will also encourage Filipinos to return to their provinces,” Go said.
With the department having the second highest allocation for 2021, Go called on DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar to ensure that the targets they set are being met.
“Upon the perusal of the performance indicators of the department, I have seen gaps in the targets they set and their actual accomplishments. The department needs to act double time in their efforts to construct, lengthen, widen and maintain roads. The department must also make sure that it is on top when it comes to mitigating flood and building disaster-resilient infrastructures,” the senator stressed.
“Pakiusap ko lang po, Secretary Mark at sa lahat po ng Undersecretaries, Assistant Secretaries, Regional Directors down, pakiusap ko lang po, huwag tayong mag-iwan ng nakatiwangwang na proyekto bago matapos ‘yung termino ni Pangulong Duterte. Ayaw po ni Pangulong Duterte na mag-iwan ng mga proyektong nakatiwangwang bago matapos ang kanyang termino,’’ he stressed. (I am appealing to Secretary Mark and the Undersecretaries, Assistant Secretaries, Regional Directors down not to leave any project unfinished. President Duterte does not like to leave behind unfinished projects when he ends his term.)