Initially, the Duterte administration targeted 75 infrastructure projects, then expanded the list to 104 projects.
Thus far, only two projects have been completed — the Angat Water Transmission Improvement Project and the Luzon Bypass Infrastructure Project.
The rest are either in pre-construction activities, ongoing construction, and “for government approval” stage, according to the Philippine Institute for Development Studies in a 2020 study.
The good news is that the proposed infrastructure flagship projects are responsive to the government’s Philippine Development Plan targets in the area of information and communications technology, transport and mobility, water resources, and power and energy, PIDS said. However, the ambitious Build Build Build program is wanting in the area of social infrastructure.
The institute said, “These include school buildings and health facilities, and technology adoption and innovation.”