By Genalyn D. Kabiling
President Duterte has called on concerned authorities to hasten the construction of infrastructure projects under the government’s “Build, Build, Build” program to benefit the people.
The President issued the directive after inaugurating the Davao River Bridge Widening Project in Davao City, initiated by the Department of Public Works and Highways, last Thursday.
“I encourage the DPWH and other government agencies and local government units to continue contributing to the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program, to fasttrack the implementation and execution of other crucial infrastructure projects that will improve the well-being and connectivity and mobility of the Filipino people,” Duterte said in his remarks.
Under the Build, Build, Build program, the government aims to modernize the country’s infrastructure network by rolling out 75 projects worth an estimated $36 billion in investments.
The projects, that include roads, railways, bridges, airports, and irrigation systems, aim to usher in the golden age of infrastructure following years of neglect. These are expected to spur countryside development and create more jobs.
In Davao City, Duterte said the new and improved Davao River Bridge symbolized the administration’s commitment to usher in an era of rapid infrastructure development.
He said the Davao River Bridge would reduce travel time on the Davao City Diversion Road, contributing to substantial savings for motorists. “It will also improve the movement of much needed goods and services, which will help in bringing prices down and encourage greater economic activity,” he said.
As the government implements the massive infrastructure program, Duterte has urged the public to become “catalysts for progress.”
“As we set ourselves to the task of building our nation, I invite everyone to become agents of hope and catalysts for progress. Your participation will be crucial in effecting meaningful and lasting changes in our country,” he said.
“Let us all work together to realize our dream of a more peaceful, orderly, and prosperous Philippines,” he added.