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Bilis-bilisan naman! Duterte orders gov’t agencies to speed up infrastructure projects

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte issued Memorandum Circular (MC) 57, reminding government agencies, state universities and colleges, and local government units to ensure the timely completion of public construction projects in the country.

The chief executive signed the memorandum on February 7, 2019.

In his new directive, Duterte urged concerned government agencies to “strictly observe the laws issuances and policies pertaining to the timely completion of government infrastructure projects, including the imposition of appropriate sanctions for infractions and violations thereof.”

Heads of government agencies should ensure the safety of and mitigate inconvenience to the public in undertaking infrastructure projects, added the President.

MC 57 mandates the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), as chair of the Infrastructure Cluster, to enhance the delivery of public infrastructure by ensuring efficient and transparent management of assets and resources, as well as improve the quality and reliability of public infrastructure and public investment efficiency.

It also tasked the DPWH to strengthen implementation capacity and budget execution of government agencies which are involved in infrastructure development and to ensure equitable access to infrastructure services.

The ban on public works and release of public funds will begin March 29 until May 12 as per the Commission on Elections.

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