Inuna kasi yabang! After bragging about a ‘golden age’ under Duterte, Vince Dizon now admits infra projects are not easy to grow like mushrooms
Three years ago, Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) Chairman Vince Dizon and his Cabinet bosses boasted that the President Rodrigo Duterte would usher in the golden age of infrastructure in the Philippines – with roads, bridges, trains, sea and airports.
Three years later, Dizon is sheepishly admitting that infrastructure projects are hard to do after Senator Franklin Drilon branded the “Build, Build, Build” program a “dismal failure.”
“You know, infrastructure projects are not easy to do. They require a lot of planning; they require long and very tedious feasibility studies; detailed planning and it takes time ‘no,” said Dizon in a press conference.
“You know, an airport or seaport or a train, hindi ‘yan parang mushroom, na kabute na ano na lang ‘no, na umuusbong na lang ‘no. Matagal na proseso ‘yan,” he added.
Dizon was part of the Cabinet group composed of Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez, Transportation Secretary Art Tugade, and Public Works Secretary Mark Villar who drew up the core Build program of 75 flagship projects.
Three years later, Drilon said the government has only completed two of the 75 projects even though Dizon claimed to have spent P1 trillion out of the P4 trillion budget for the flagship projects. Drilon partly blamed the atrocious performance record to China’s failure to deliver on its infrastructure loans that Dizon was supposed to shepherd.
Dizon, who spent the last three years getting his hands busy in creating deals for New Clark City, refused to take responsibility for the haphazard construction of the Build program.
Dizon has instead opted to do some window dressing by weeding out the “white elephant” projects his team included in the program while adding more doable projects (there are now 100 flagship projects) to come up with a more respectable completion rate of 38 percent at the end of Duterte’s term.