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[OPINION] Dear Duterte Legacy, more roads will not decongest EDSA

Jan 30, 2020 - 1:07 PM

'Almost all urban planning literature debunks the idea that expanding road space for vehicles eases up congestion'

NEDA body approves P59.3-billion MRT4 project

Dec 31, 2019 - 10:43 AM

The Metro Rail Transit 4 is expected to connect the eastern parts of Metro Manila to the municipalities of Cainta and Taytay in Rizal

BUILD, BUILD, BUILD. The MRT-4 is among the 12 infrastructure projects recently approved by President Rodrigo Duterte's economic team. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte's economic team approves 12 infrastructure projects

Dec 20, 2019 - 9:55 PM

Dennis Uy's unsolicited proposal for the Davao International Airport, the Panay-Guimaras-Negros Bridge, and MRT4 are just some of the projects approved by the Investment Coordination Committee

Build, Build, Build? Evict, Evict, Evict!

Dec 08, 2019 - 5:08 PM

Is the public aware of the thousands of urban poor families facing demolition, eviction, and relocation to make way for tons of cement and steel?

FALSE: Duterte 'built 200 international and domestic airports'

Dec 05, 2019 - 7:25 PM

There are 197 'airport projects' under Build, Build, Build, but these include rehabilitation, maintenance, and upgrading projects

3 years on, what are the DOTr's top projects under Duterte?

Nov 21, 2019 - 8:08 PM

The agency's top accomplishments were either initiated before Duterte's term or have yet to be finished

TOP ACCOMPLISHMENTS. The Department of Transportation said its top accomplishments in the past three years include 3 aviation projects and the commencement of the MRT3 rehabilitation. Photo courtesy from L-R: DOTr, Cebu Pacific, DOTr, and Rappler

Malacañang says emergency powers for Build, Build, Build too late, not priority

Nov 16, 2019 - 7:04 PM

'We only have less than 3 years left in office,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

Foreign lenders wanted: P348 billion needed for Duterte's new infra projects

Nov 15, 2019 - 6:20 PM

The Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge, pegged at P187 billion, is the most expensive of all new infrastructure projects on the Duterte administration's revised list

Rody, Leni, Imee: Reality checks, courtesy of Rappler exclusives

Nov 14, 2019 - 6:49 PM

Infrastructure binge, deathless drug war, and photo-op with UP alumni

Drilon says original Build, Build, Build list 'not well-thought-of'

Nov 14, 2019 - 4:19 PM

'What we're saying is that maybe the original 75 flagship projects were not well-thought-of so that we revise them in the middle of the stream,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

NOT 'WELL-THOUGHT-OF'? Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon asks why the projects that were shelved from the old list were originally included if these don't have a high economic return. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] The moving goalposts of Duterte’s Build, Build, Build

Nov 14, 2019 - 10:53 AM

Moving goalposts is ill-advised. Not only does it render BBB practically impossible to evaluate, it also serves as a convenient excuse for the economic managers’ sloppy conception and implementation of the program.

Duterte's golden age of infrastructure will have to be completed by next president

Nov 13, 2019 - 2:36 PM

Duterte's new list of infrastructure projects features about 100, but he won't finish almost half of them during his term. Most construction activities are also expected to start by 2022, his last year in office.


LIST: Duterte's new and shelved infrastructure projects

Nov 13, 2019 - 9:00 AM

There are dozens of new Build, Build, Build projects, including the Cebu Monorail System, Kanan Dam, and another MRT line. Some appear to be scrapped, including a huge chunk of the Mindanao Railway.

LIST: Duterte's revised lineup of Build, Build, Build projects

Nov 12, 2019 - 9:15 PM

Rappler obtains the revised list of the Duterte administration's infrastructure projects. The government needs a whopping P4.3 trillion to implement all 100 projects.


Drilon calls Build, Build, Build a 'dismal failure'

Nov 12, 2019 - 3:38 PM

(UPDATED) 'We can have a thousand projects, that's all theoretical… If it is actual construction with actual disbursements, that would propel our economy,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

ECONOMIC TEAM. Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez (L) and NEDA Usec Rosemarie Edillon attend the Senate plenary discussions on the DOF and NEDA budgets. Photo by Angie de Silva

Duterte's team changes tune on PPPs as infra push gets reality check

Nov 07, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Presidential adviser Vince Dizon says the Duterte administration is now more open to public-private partnerships, but would get rid of deals that fail to 'promote public interest'

Gatchalian wants to ease foreign restrictions on public works projects

Sep 14, 2019 - 6:15 PM

The senator's bill proposes to provide ‘a more level playing field to eligible domestic and foreign bidders’

FILE PHOTO. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian says there is a lack of genuine competition in the country's public construction industry. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Drilon hits 'terrible' Build, Build, Build performance

Aug 29, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon also takes a swipe at the Commission on Elections for not exempting infrastructure projects from the public works ban during the May 2019 polls

Senator Franklin Drilon at the briefing by the Development Budget Coordination Committee on the FY 2020 national expenditure program on August 29, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

BUILD BUILD BUILD

Jul 27, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Rappler maps the 75 big-ticket infrastructure projects under the Build, Build, Build program

[ANALYSIS] The pipe dream that is Build, Build, Build

Jul 24, 2019 - 5:00 PM

What’s the status of the Build, Build, Build projects? Why have they proceeded so slowly? How are we going to pay for them?

What happens if the Philippines can't pay off loans from China?

Mar 02, 2019 - 12:52 PM

(UPDATED) Senatorial candidate Neri Colmenares raises the alarm over the looming Chinese debt trap. The finance department shrugs off fears and says the Philippines can pay off the debt.

Gov't to hold job fair for Hanjin workers in Subic

Jan 30, 2019 - 5:55 PM

The government says at least 1,000 jobs will be available for workers who were displaced due to Hanjin's bankruptcy

Philippines-SKorea-Hanjin-shipping, by Mynardo Macaraig Workers labour at the mammoth shipyard of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction-Philippines, the local arm of South Korea's Hanjin group in Subic Bay northwest of Manila on March 13, 2009. The shipyard has been criticised for its poor working conditions which have led to 19 fatalities in just three years. AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO (Photo by JAY DIRECTO / AFP)

FALSE: Photos of Chinese-funded road built under Duterte's flagship infrastructure program

Dec 08, 2018 - 11:21 AM

No, these are not photos of Chinese-funded road built under President Rodrigo Duterte's flagship infrastructure program

Infra projects move forward after Xi Jinping's visit to PH

Nov 21, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Cooperation arrangements between the Philippines and China are outlined for the Davao City Expressway and Mindanao Railway projects

MISLEADING: Panguil Bay Bridge photo used in DPWH site is Korean bridge

Nov 21, 2018 - 2:50 PM

The DPWH erroneously uses a photo of the Korean Incheon Bridge in an ongoing construction project in Mindanao

P5.6B allotted for Mindanao railway land acquisition

Nov 12, 2018 - 10:11 PM

City governments are signing an agreement with the Department of Transportation, and have been talking to families whose properties will be affected

ARTIST'S perspective of the Mindanao Railway System Project. Image courtesy of the Department of Transportation

2 Build, Build, Build projects can leave thousands homeless – De Lima

Nov 04, 2018 - 10:39 AM

Detained Senator Leila de Lima calls for a Senate probe into two Build, Build Build projects that can displace around 180,000 families in Metro Manila

PROJECTS FLAGGED. Detained senator Leila De Lima arrives at the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court for a hearing on June 22, 2018. Photo courtesy of the Office of Senator De Lima

Implement 'Build, Build, Build' with political will like Boracay

Sep 12, 2018 - 12:40 PM

'We need to keep this pace to build up momentum. The government needs to be ready and we need to address the challenges of each infrastructure project,' says Ramoncito Fernandez, Management Association of the Philippines president

CONTINUITY. Ramoncito Fernandez, MAP President and Maynilad Water CEO, highlights at the Arangkada forum the need for continuity of projects in government when dealing with the private sector. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Top 10 ‘Build, Build, Build’ contractors have records of fraud, delays – PCIJ

Sep 10, 2018 - 4:22 PM

All 10 are being investigated by the Department of Public Works and Highways

Cayetano invites Iran to join 'Build, Build, Build'

Aug 02, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano meets with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on the sidelines of an ASEAN meeting in Singapore

BILATERAL MEETING. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano meets with his Iranian counterpart, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, on August 2, 2018, on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Singapore. Photo courtesy of DFA

Hits and misses of Duterte’s infrastructure push

Jul 19, 2018 - 8:00 AM

The National Economic and Development Authority has identified 75 flagship projects under the government’s Build, Build Build program. Only 7 have started construction in 2018.

Bong Go billboards, China on PH loans, Mandela | Midday wRap

Jul 18, 2018 - 1:49 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Margie de Leon

Build, Build, Build: P73 billion worth of DPWH projects delayed

Jul 09, 2018 - 2:50 PM

DPWH spends only a 3rd of its budget, and ends up paying banks P27 million as a result of its failure to utilize approved loans

DPWH PROJECTS. Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar (3rd-right) together with Department of Transportation Secretary Art Tugade (rightmost) lead of NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10. File photo by DARREN LANGIT

What Duterte's economic team did not say during the pre-SONA 2018 forum

Jul 06, 2018 - 10:02 PM

The dip in Philippine competitiveness ranking, missing the 2017 labor target, and slow implementation of infrastructure projects are left out during the 'Tatak ng Pagbabago: Tatak ng Pag-unlad' forum

THE ECONOMY'S HEALTH. Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar (left), Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III (middle), and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia (right) reported the various efforts of their respective agencies during the pre-state of the nation (SONA) forum. Pernia's photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo, Dominguez' photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo, Villar's photo by Malacañang Photos

Thanks to loans, Build, Build, Build 'moving faster' – DOF

Jul 04, 2018 - 4:36 PM

Build, Build, Build is currently financed by taxes, official development assistance, and commercial loans

SITE INSPECTION. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III speaks to reporters during an inspection of the National Government Administration Center on July 4, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

MISLEADING: Build, Build, Build figures used by anti-Duterte page

Jul 04, 2018 - 1:05 PM

Two out of the 3 alleged conditions for Chinese loans under the Philippines' Build, Build, Build program cannot be verified yet

Infrastructure push to generate P31 trillion – NEDA

Jun 27, 2018 - 10:20 PM

The National Economic and Development Authority also says over a million jobs will be generated every year because of the government's Build, Build, Build program

IN CHARTS: PH employment rises in April over 'Build Build Build'

Jun 07, 2018 - 3:48 PM

Rappler takes a look at the results of the April 2018 Labor Force Survey

INFRASTRUCTURE. This photo taken on April 11, 2018, shows workers on a construction site beside a highway with heavy traffic in Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

#TheWrap: Videos to watch this week, May 21-27, 2018

May 27, 2018 - 10:46 AM

Here are the must-watch videos this week!

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: The economics of TRAIN law, inflation and Build, Build, Build

May 25, 2018 - 9:18 PM

Economics PhD student JC Punongbayan explains in Part 2 of this Economics Series why TRAIN may be ill-timed, which sector is worst hit by inflation and why Build, Build, Build may be bad for traffic

'Can you lend more?' Duterte asks ADB to fund more infra projects

May 05, 2018 - 9:14 PM

'We shall continue to rely on the ADB for financial assistance, be it in the form or loans or grants,' President Rodrigo Duterte says at the 51st Annual Asian Develoment Bank Meeting

BUILD BUILD BUILD. President Rodrigo Duterte asks Asian Development Bank for more loans. Malacañang Photo

Asian Terminals sets P8-billion port expansion program

May 03, 2018 - 8:20 PM

The company will increase the container handling capacity of both the Manila South Harbor and the Batangas Container Terminal

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 27, 2018

Apr 27, 2018 - 11:31 AM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

INTER-KOREAN SUMMIT. This screengrab from the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) taken on April 27, 2018 shows North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un (L) and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in walking together past the Military Demarcation Line that divides their countries at Panmunjeom. AFP PHOTO / KOREAN BROADCASTING SYSTEM (KBS)

Bulacan airport, 7 other projects get NEDA Board approval

Apr 26, 2018 - 5:55 PM

The NEDA Board, led by President Rodrigo Duterte, gives the go signal for the Bulacan International Airport and other projects

Philippines to borrow more from foreign lenders

Apr 25, 2018 - 8:15 AM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the government decided to hike the share of foreign borrowings to 25% of the total financing program for the next 5 years, from the initial 20%

BPI expects to benefit from higher interest rates, tax reform, infra buildup

Apr 19, 2018 - 6:50 PM

In 4 to 5 years, BPI expects to raise the share of SME, retail, and microfinance loans to 35%, and reduce the share of corporate loans to 65%

EXPANSION PLANS. BPI plans to allocate P50 billion to accelerate the growth of small and medium enterprise (SME), boost digitalization efforts, enhance deposit franchise and delivery infrastructure, as well as improve its microfinance business. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Dennis Uy-led Chelsea Logistics to expand into infrastructure

Mar 20, 2018 - 6:15 PM

The company says it will 'find [the] best ways to complement' the Build, Build, Build program of the Duterte administration

PRIME MOVER. The shipping and logistics business of the Udenna Group wants to expand into infrastructure. Photo from Chelsea Logistics

You want parks, sidewalks, plazas? DBM has P2.5B for interested cities

Mar 15, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Interested city governments can submit conceptual designs of proposed projects, which will be evaluated by a team in June

RIVERSIDE PLAZA. A group of students hold a dance rehearsal at the entrance of the Iloilo Esplanade. File photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

Infra projects to help PH achieve 7% growth in 2018 – DOF

Mar 09, 2018 - 11:56 PM

During the country’s annual briefing with the Asian Development Bank, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says, 'Mindanao today is at the front and center of the Build, Build, Build infrastructure program'

PH economic managers hail ranking by U.S. firm, vow more reforms

Mar 06, 2018 - 10:40 PM

'Our efforts to create a more business- and investor-friendly environment are gaining traction,' says Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia, after an American firm ranked the Philippines as the best country to invest in