The current administration has promised fast action on long-delayed infrastructure projects but it appears it has slipped right back into old habits.
In a webinar on how public private partnerships could help government fight the coronavirus pandemic, ICTSI executive vice president Christian Gonzalez observed that governments more often that not end up trapped in a seemingly inescapable cycle of indecision or analysis paralysis, leading to delays in PPP projects.
Gonzalez said too much analysis leads to inaction.
“We need to realize each of these places is different and we need to realize that if we don’t get these through, we’re basically going to waste two or three years debating these contracts and ultimately end up in the same place when the next administration kicks in,” Gonzalez was quoted as saying by the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
The government’s much-touted “Build, Build, Build” program, which has yet to show big gains, has been stalled further by the COVID-19 crisis.
“The success of PPPs will come from not looking at the answer first but rather the problem and objective and putting those into a timeline, which will allow us to create better governance and accountability,” said Gonzalez, nephew of bilyonaryo Enrique K. Razon Jr.