Pres. Duterte's Infrastructure Spending Increase by 33.7% in August Compared to Pres. Aquino


The Philippines infrastructure spending increase by about 33.7% in August 2016 under the Duterte administration compared to the previous infrastructure spending under Pres. Aquino's term. Under Pres. Duterte, he intensified the repair, maintenance and construction of several roads, education, health and agricultural facilities.


According to the data provided by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), the government spent P34.0 billion on public infrastructure for August 2016 as reported by BusinessWorld.

The increase in infrastructure spending under the Duterte administration was due to the continuous roll-out of road infrastructure programs of the Department of Public Works and Highways and mainly for road network services, and maintenance and construction of other infrastructure assets as explained by the DBM.

For the agriculture sectors, the Duterte administration also revealed that data on irrigation projects for August reflected the period when the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) made improvements on infrastructure particularly in the projects involving the Casecnan Multi-Purpose Irrigation and Power, Balog-balog, Malitubog-Maridagao and Upper Pampanga River projects.

A PhilStar report last June stated that the Duterte administration plans a further hike in infrastructure spending to 7 percent of the economy this year which is slightly higher than the 5 percent target of Pres. Aquino. 

The decision of the current administration to increase the infrastructure spending was due to the call of most netizens that the Philippines was way below in infrastructure spending compared to our Asian neighbors who rake up spending on infrastructure.


Pres. Duterte's Infrastructure Spending Increase by 33.7% in August Compared to Pres. Aquino Pres. Duterte's Infrastructure Spending Increase by 33.7% in August Compared to Pres. Aquino Reviewed by Phil Newsome on 11/01/2016 Rating: 5

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