Villar says it's all systems go for 'Build, Build, Build' after easing of lockdowns

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 19 2020 12:29 PM

A man rides his pedicab past a construction site in Paco, Manila amid the enhanced community quarantine on April 4, 2020. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA - It's all systems go for projects under President Rodrigo Duterte's 'Build, Build, Build' infrastructure program, Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said Friday as lockdowns across the country have been largely eased this month.

Villar said the Department of Public Works and Highways only encountered minor setbacks in big-ticket projects during the nearly 3-month strict lockdown in Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon, where major construction work has been ongoing. 

"Sa tingin ko naman sa ating mga big-ticket projects makakahabol pa rin kami sa deadline," Villa said in a virtual press briefing.

(For our big ticket projects, I think we can still catch up with the deadlines.)

"Hindi magiging malaki ang delay natin, halimbawa sa ibang projects kahit hindi sila nakapagtrabaho masyado nung ECQ (enhanced community quarantine), eh dahil hindi po masyado ma-traffic, nakapag doubletime sila sa trabaho 24/7," he added.

(We won't have a big delay because for projects that we weren't able to work much on due to the ECQ, we were able to enforce 24/7 construction since traffic is not yet that heavy.)

Public construction works were allowed to partially resume in May as the government banked on the P8-trillion infrastructure push to reset the economy.

"Sa ating mga kababayan, wag po kayong mag-alala, all systems go po ang Build, Build, Build program. Ide-deliver po natin ang mga proyekto," Villar said.

(To our countrymen, don't worry, it's all systems go for the Build, Build, Build program. We will deliver the projects.)