Palace open to emergency powers for President Duterte to hasten “Build, Build, Build” projects


(Eagle News) —  Malacanang is open to the suggestion of Albay Rep. Joey Salceda to grant emergency powers to President Rodrigo Duterte so hasten the government’s “Build, Build, Build” projects.

Salceda, who chairs the House Committee on Ways and Means, has filed a proposal — House Bill 5456 – seeking to grant President Duterte with special powers in adopting a national policy to “speed up the implementation” of the Build, Build, Build program on or before 2022.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said this proposal is a welcome development.

Panelo noted that indeed one of the reasons for the delay in the government’s infrastructure projects are the issuances of temporary restraining orders (TROs) by local or regional trial courts on right-of-way issues.

“Sa tingin ko maganda iyong kay Congressman Salceda, kasi nga one of the reasons why na bumabagal iyong projects kasi iyong right of way. Nagkakaproblema iyong mga owners, ayaw pumayag; iyong iba nagti-TRO… pero kung may powers na, dire-diretso ang trabaho,” Panelo said.

He said that such a proposal would speed up the implementation of development projects of the Duterte administration which will end in 2022.

Salcesa said that his bill would serve also as a warning to those who want to delay government projects.

“The administration should welcome this as a warning that any further delay will definitely cause some public disappointment, expectations for this project were aggressively driven,” the lawmaker said.

“It is the largest and broadest infrastructure spending program ever undertaken by any Philippine government in the last 100 years,” said Salceda of the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” program.

(with a report from Vic Somintac, Eagle News Service)