No more BS, please.
Senate Franklin Drilon thinks Flagship Programs and Projects Secretary Vince Dizon should man up and admit that the administration’s “Build, Build, Build” program is a massive flop Drilon blasted Dizon, a former Senate aide of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, for trying to deceive the public by discarding projects that have no chance of getting off the drawing board and replacing this with in-progress projects just make President Rodrigo Duterte would have an excellent score card at the end of his term.
“Sa akin, face-saving iyon (Dizon’s moves). Pero hindi ko naman maintindihan kung bakit hindi aaminin? Why they can’t admit?” said Drilon in an interview.
“Maybe there was over enthusiasm at the start of the administration when they listed 75 flagship projects. Ngayon in the middle of this administration, they realized na hindi kaya. Bakit hindi nila sabihin nang diretso? Ngayon out of the 75, 28 projects were dropped. They cannot even give the value of these projects. Ngayon, 47 na lang ang natitira at dinagdagan ng 53 projects. But some of those 53 projects, – it was admitted on record – are ongoing projects. So isinama doon sa flagship projects para sabihin siguro at the end of this administration, they can claim na out of 100 flagship projects, so many were done, so they will get good grades,”
Dizon unraveled during a press conference in which he failed to convince reporters that they should stop talking about the original 75 flagship projects (which Drilon called a “dismal failure” because only two projects have been finished in three years) but focus on his new list of f100 flagship projects of which he hoped to finish 38 projects by 2022.
Drilon said there was nothing wrong with Dizon trying to save face by window dressing the flagship projects list.
“There is nothing wrong with that but, maybe, transparency would be a better standard. Obviously, dinagdag lang yung 53 projects so thatthere can be some cosmetic and so they can say that things are moving.The 75 projects designated as flagship projects were really something that could be game-changer for many of the provinces and the people affected by those 75 projects. Now after they have reviewed it, they removed some projects,” said Drilon.
Drilon is not happy that instead of focusing on how to speed up their deployment of flagship projects, Dizon has opted to blame other agencies for his sheer ineptitude in coming up with a list, bragging about as the “golden age of infrastructure”, and trying to look for a scapegoat when made to account for his shortcomings.
“Tell me how they will describe it (if it’s not a failure) para hindi na tayo magdebate. Ang pinag-uusapan diyan, the fact that only 9 projects were started, it is an indication of problem on underspending should focus on. Ngayon they are trying to explain na baka mali naman yung formula na ginamit ng COA (Commission on Audit) at hind naman ganoon kababa ang disbursement rates. We will talk to COA. We have the right to rely on the data given by COA whose duty is to monitor performance,” said Drilon.