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Solon files measure for infra emergency powers

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Albay Representative Joey Salceda on Wednesday filed a measure at the House of Representatives that seeks to grant special powers to President Rodrigo Duterte to adopt a national policy to fast-track the implementation of the “Build, Build, Build” program before he steps down in 2022.

Salceda filed House Bill 5456 that proposes to give the President authority to exercise all powers needed to carry out a national policy to implement the government’s infrastructure program.

“As such, the President is hereby granted Special Powers to urgently utilize all necessary government resources, exercise police power, and employ executive actions and measures to ensure the effective implementation, reconfiguration, and harmonization of national and local government projects intended to address the economic growth, unhampered by existing laws, agreements, regulations, court orders, and procedures that would cause delay in addressing exclusively the implementation of flagship projects,” said the measure.

This comes after Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said Duterte’s “Build, Build, Build” program is a “dismal failure” after learning that only nine of the 75 flagship programs have started construction.

The special power sought for Duterte is granted exclusively for projects related to transport and mobility, water, urban development and renewal, information and communications technology and power.

Along with this power, Duterte is also given the authority to reorganize and rationalize the structure of his office as needed within six months from the enactment of the bill to ensure the effective implementation of the projects.

The chairman of the Bases Conversion Development Authority, meanwhile, is designated as the Flagship Program Manager which will supervise the implementation of the “Build, Build, Build” program.

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