Following the mandate of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar rolls out the 24/7 construction of key projects in urban centers nationwide.
“We have a traffic crisis we intend to solve in the next two to three years. The Philippines have had an infrastructure deficit in the last four decades. There is a clamor not only to address the deficiencies but also to propose an infrastructure program that would eventually ease traffic in our major urban centers,” Villar noted.
“Infrastructure delayed is infrastructure denied. Mechanisms will soon be in place to ensure that projects are built on-time,” he added.
In Metro Manila, four projects are now on 24/7 – the Mandaluyong Main Drainage Project, the road widening and drainage improvement in Quezon Avenue East Bound and in Mother Ignacia, and the drainage improvement along EDSA from White Plains to Main Avenue.
Major urban centers in Visayas and Mindanao have also implemented the same policy on high-impact projects situated in areas with high population density.
“Our vision is to make our communities liveable and safe through quality projects that are accessible, and on-schedule,” Villar said.
Villar noted that DPWH will also be using one-day concrete for projects along major thoroughfares, like EDSA.