Much is at stake in the Duterte administration’s flagship program: the aggressive, highly ambitious P8-trillion Build, Build, Build infrastructure initiative, which is envisioned to usher in a golden age of infrastructure for the Philippines, curb poverty incidence, and boost economic growth not only within key city centers but more so in the countryside.
Whether it’s one of the thousands of projects all over the country or a major expressway, an airport, seaport, railway or a new bridge, the objectives are the same — improving the quality of life of Filipino families and helping businesses flourish. After all, infrastructure will always improve connectivity and accessibility. It can unlock land values in what were once difficult-to-reach localities. And notably, it can provide the impetus for many businesses to explore opportunities in the countryside, thus propelling growth outside Metro Manila and established urban areas.
Despite criticisms hurled by naysayers about this program, there are noteworthy achievements and milestones that have already started to benefit many sectors. Here is a snapshot of the government’s gamechanging initiative.
This article was published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on December 15, 2019.
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