Thursday, March 22, 2018

Duterte the Harbinger of the Infrastructural Development



President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, photo from Forbes
Other than his successful eradication of illegal drugs in the Philippines, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s true legacy would be the integration of as much infrastructure projects as he could through his “Build, build, build” campaign.

The ingenious president realized through multiple studies, like in the 2017 World Economic Forum’s competitiveness report where the Philippines ranks 97th worldwide in infrastructure, that the country biggest problem which is poverty and massive unemployment rates is only solvable through economic development.  But how do you solve the problems that have been dredging the Philippines for the longest time? The problem that the two most recent predecessor presidents, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Benigno Aquino III who focused on economic stability of the country, couldn’t solve at all.

Well this is why Duterte is dubbed as ingenious. Through normalizing relations with China, relying on Japan, the country’s leading investor, and the newly passed tax reform package, Duterte aims to accumulate enough funding to turn incredible infrastructure projects into a reality. The campaign that Duterte envisions to bring into reality would deliver 75 major projects which includes six airports, nine railways, three bus rapid transits, 32 roads and bridges and four seaports. 75 projects that will bring rural development, create thousands of jobs and foreign and local investors back to the Philippines.

Other than the aforementioned projects, the administration of Duterte plans on reducing the power rates by creating a stable source of power, through construction of four additional energy facilities. There is also the construction of ten water resource projects and irrigation systems that will help our agricultural country, the five flood control facilities that will protect flood-vulnerable communities and three redevelopment programs that will ease the raging urban population centers.
However with such ambitious vision of the future, comes the possibility of chronic challenges. Experts are doubting the capabilities of the current government for they may basically underperform. There is also concerns on the lack thereof construction workers and skilled laborers and the strains on the Philippine peso due to importation of equipment that will be utilized after the infrastructural surge.

Duterte is a step ahead of his criticizers, creating more projects that will leave the opposition jaw-opened in awe. Neglecting what “negativity” that surrounds his name, we can only expect great things from the president that is actually bringing the undisputedly largest and most prevalent change in the country and who also is currently living up to the expectations and trust that people have laid upon him.

Source: forbes.com