Gov't scrambles to bid out infra projects before election ban
MANILA, Philippines - The clock is ticking.
The government is banned from auctioning off projects weeks before the May 13 mid-term elections.
This means the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has up to late March to bid out 89% of its projects, including roads and bridges, scheduled this 2013.
“We have already advertised and started conducting the public bidding for 2,395 projects nationwide. That’s 89% of the projects we are supposed to undertake in 2013,” Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson said on Thursday, February 7, on the sidelines of the groundbreaking ceremony of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) Harbor Link road project.
DPWH has to spend P129 billion this 2013 to contribute to the infrastructure-led economic growth of the country, learning from the underspending in 2011 that contributed to a dull economic performance.
“These have to be obligated based on the directive of the members of our Congress that we can only spend this within one year. Otherwise, we lose the funds,” he said.
Mindanao has the biggest share of the agency's budget (25%), followed by Northern Luzon (22%) and Southern Luzon (20%). - Rappler.com