Presidential Adviser for Flagship Programs Vivencio Dizon said infrastructure projects will continue to generate more jobs for Filipinos amid the global health crisis, even as the unemployment rate declined in July 2020 to 10 percent from 17.7 percent in April this year.
Dizon said he supports the gradual reopening of the economy to create employment as many Filipinos were displaced from their jobs due to the pandemic. “The gradual reopening of the economy is critical so we can revive lost jobs and restart our economic growth, and infrastructure is a vital part of this,” he added.
The government has vowed to bolster the “Build, Build, Build” program and generate local employment. It has also increased infrastructure spending to 6 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the government is pursuing flagship infrastructure projects, among which are near completion of the Clark International Airport, Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 connecting the North Luzon and South Luzon expressways, Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT-7), Bonifacio Global City-Ortigas Link, Bicol International Airport Development Project, General Santos International Airport, Leyte Tide Embankment, Cagayan De Oro Coastal Road, Boracay Circumferential Road, Sindangan-Bayog-Lakewood Road, Central Luzon Link Expressway Phase 1, and Light Rail Transit Line 2 extension project.
Dizon said there are currently 92 projects under the Build, Build, Build program amounting to P4.1 trillion. The government has revamped the flagship infrastructure projects, displacing eight projects, and adding 13 more.