BANKING on the many lessons learned over the years, the government now moves to speed up the completion of key infrastructure projects across the country.
Everybody concedes that delayed projects is no laughing matter owing to the seriousness of the various problems confronting the suffering people in urban centers.
Take the case of the worsening traffic congestion and flooding in the heavily-populated Metropolitan Manila and surrounding towns and cities, notably in low-lying areas.
In fact, in the view of many, it is the height of irresponsibility for concerned government authorities if they fail to complete the construction of public works projects on time.
That’s why we commend Secretary Mark A. Villar of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for acknowledging that “infrastructure delayed is infrastructure denied.”
“Mechanisms will soon be in place to ensure that projects are built on time,” said the young and workaholic Villar, a former member of the House of Representatives.
He vowed 24/7 construction of government key projects not only in the Metropolitan Manila area but also in other urban centers throughout the Philippines.
To date, work in four major projects in the country’s premier region, including the drainage improvement along usually busy Epifanio delos Santos Highway (EDSA), goes on seven days a week.
Villar deserves the all-out support of the public as he exerts his best efforts to address flooding and traffic congestion in urban areas, particularly the National Capital Region.
Let’s make our communities safe through the speedy completion of quality projects.