By Betheena Kae Unite
A Binibining Pilipinas candidate, who failed to give her insights on the government’s Build Build Build program during a pageant, was briefed Friday about the program by its chairman.
Build Build Build (BBB) chairperson Anna Mae Lamentillo has introduced to Binibining Pilipinas candidate Sandra Lemonon the government’s big ticket infrastructure project in a meeting that took place five days after the pageant.
It can be recalled that Lemonon failed to answer a question given to her during the pageant’s question and answer portion. She was only reduced to admitting that she was not informed about the program.
“The insights of the government’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ program. Actually, I studied so much for this Q&A, but suddenly that’s something that I don’t know really much about. But, at least I’m here trying to answer a good question. Thank you!” Lemonon honestly answered.
Lamentillo, the day after the pageant, admitted that “much could still be done” so that more Filipinos will be informed about the “most ambitious” infrastructure program in Philippine history.
The BBB Chairman apologized to Lemonon through her social media page.
“Apologizing to Binibining Pilipinas 35 — Ms. Sandra Lemonon. We’ll work harder so that more Filipinos know about #BuildBuildBuild,” Lamentillo wrote on her Facebook account early Monday.
“The Build Build Build team will work harder to ensure that more Filipinos are aware of the boldest, most ambitious infrastructure program in Philippine history,” Lamentillo told Manila Buklletin when sought for reaction.
Lamentillo noted that the agency has already an existing information campaign about the program. A digital information platform was even put up so that the public can access the program’s relevant information in real time.
“As of date, the team has launched the Build Build Build Portal (www.build.gov.ph), a real time tool, where high impact projects are monitored and tracked – with relevant information made available to everyone,” Lamentillo said.
“We have also utilized a multi-media approach, which includes the use of drone videos, 3D rendering, and graphic design, to provide better presentation of the projects that are envisioned to increase the productive capacity of the economy, create jobs, increase incomes, and strengthen the investment climate leading to sustained inclusive growth,” she added.
The chairperson, however, admitted that so much more has to be done. “Admittedly, much could still be done. But rest assured that the Build Build Build team is committed in reaching the most number of Filipinos.”
The government will spend around P8.4 trillion (around US$ 160-200 billion) in infrastructure projects to usher in a Golden Age of Infrastructure in the Philippines.
According to Lamentillo, the government spending on public infrastructure will be increased from 5.3 percent of GDP in 2017 to around 7.4 percent of GDP by 2022. This is higher than the 2.4 percent average recorded by the past six administrations in the last five decades — and the highest budget allocation for infrastructure in Philippine history.