Think tank: Infrastructure development delayed in last 3 years

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 16) — Delays in government spending has put a damper on the administration's ambitious infrastructure program.

Speaking to CNN Philippines' Business Roundup, convener of local think tank InfrawatchPH Terry Ridon said that the government has to catch up on its infrastructure targets.

"So much of the infrastructure in the last three years, and we're hoping that the president and his administration will catch up in the next three years," Ridon said.

Ridon attributed the delays to the late passage of the 2019 budget, which affected the release of funds intended for new infrastructure projects for the year.

"There had been some concerns that government is not exactly spending the way it should, particularly because there has been some delays. As an example, there was a deadlock in Congress in passing the budget, there was an election, as a result spending [on] infrastructure has been so much delayed," Ridon said.

Ridon also pointed out that the infrastructure projects that were finished during the first three years of the Duterte administration were those that were carried over from past administrations.

The 2019 budget was signed in April, which left the government unable to tap into its funds for the first four months of the year.

The Department of Budget and Management has made commitments to release funds immediately so that the government can quickly implement its projects.

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