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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.

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Jul 18, 2018 - 1:49 PM

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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

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May 27, 2018 - 10:46 AM

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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

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Apr 27, 2018 - 11:31 AM

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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

Business confidence drops in first 3 months of 2018

Mar 02, 2018 - 3:58 PM

The overall confidence index of Q1 2018 slips to 39.5% from 43.3% for Q4 2017 due to the initial stages of the tax reform, lower demand, and high oil prices, says the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. However, the BSP says the outlook is brighter for Q2 of this year.

Philippines, Japan sign P4-billion loan deal for Bulacan road

Feb 28, 2018 - 7:31 PM

The loan will go towards expanding the Plaridel Bypass Road from two lanes to a 4-lane carriageway national road

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Pricier goods under TRAIN Law mean better basic services, says Andanar

Jan 01, 2018 - 2:02 PM

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says the TRAIN Law will open more job opportunities for Filipinos

TAX TALKS. Communications Secretary Martin Andanar defends the TRAIN Law. File photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

Work begins on Clark International Airport expansion

Dec 20, 2017 - 6:49 PM

The project is part of a wider plan to transform Central Luzon in conjunction with the Manila-Clark Railway, Subic-Clark Cargo Railway, and the New Clark City projects

Metro Manila Subway leads expected infra buildup in 2018

Dec 20, 2017 - 5:37 PM

The subway is expected to break ground in Q3 as one of 6 major rollouts next year while government spending is up 10% to P2.241 trillion through January to October of this year

Aboitiz Construction sets sights on China

Dec 18, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Aboitiz is in talks with Shandong Electric Power Construction Corporation III and Dongfang Electric Company to look into opportunities in China

CHINA VISIT. Aboitiz Construction executives visited two large companies – Shandong Electric Power and Dongfang Electric – in China in their effort to explore further business opportunities overseas. Photo from Aboitiz Group

Uber, DPWH join forces for better traffic planning

Dec 05, 2017 - 3:35 PM

The ride-hailing company will share traffic data with the government to help analyze how infrastructure projects affect traffic

What happened to the centennial Bonifacio monument in Taguig?

Nov 22, 2017 - 8:04 PM

DPWH says the Bonifacio statue will be restored to its exact position after the completion of the road project in March 2020

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HYBRID. The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is pushing for a hybrid mode, where the government will build the infrastructure projects and later bid out the operations and maintenance to the private sector. Stock photo

Diokno not alarmed over funding for Build, Build, Build

Oct 19, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Some economists are concerned that less revenues from the proposed tax reform package could jeopardize the Duterte administration's P8-trillion infrastructure program

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, during the Dutertenomics Forum at the Fairmont Makati on August 10, 2017, highlights the increased government spending for various government projects. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

NHA faces P10 billion cut in 2018 proposed budget

Aug 24, 2017 - 4:44 PM

The National Housing Authority possibly only has P2 2 billion to remedy the ballooning housing backlog

BUDGET CUT. The National Housing Authority will suffer a P10 billion budget cut in the proposed 2018 budget. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

ADB offers Philippines $3.8B in loans for infra, social projects

Aug 20, 2017 - 9:05 PM

Nearly half of the total will help fund infrastructure projects from 2018 to 2020 says the Department of Finance

Duterte infra: Bigger, more imperial and China-linked

Jul 30, 2017 - 1:00 PM

With increased ambition could there also be more risk?

BUILD, BUILD, BUILD. Workers are seen on scaffolding at a construction site for an expressway in Manila on March 8, 2017. Noel Celis/AFP

Piñol wants rationalization of PH rural road programs

Jul 25, 2017 - 5:37 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the farm to market road program should get at least P20 billion in the 2018 budget