Duterte hits DPWH for massive corruption

0
58
advertisement

Corruption at the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) remains widespread, President Rodrigo Duterte told lawmakers on Wednesday night.

Duterte made the statement after Congress on Tuesday started its special sessions into the proposed PHP4.5-trillion national budget for 2021.


Corruption at the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) remains widespread, President Rodrigo Duterte told lawmakers on Wednesday night.

“If Congress would want really to know, there is corruption embedded in the projects of the DPWH. I just don’t know who is involved,” he said.

“There are so many officials lined up in the bureaucratic maze so I don’t know who they are,” he added.

According to Duterte, contractors were scheming with the DPWH to carry out corrupt practices.

“These contractors. The first whiff, you can already smell they’ll ask money from you… Here in the DPWH, it’s strong,” he said.

“The project engineers, road right-of-way, corruption there is massive. There’s no construction that will start without transactions made,” he added.

Senators have questioned DPWH’s proposed “lump-sum-riddled” budget for 2021, citing the P345.25-billion in lump-sum appropriations lodged under the agency’s central office.

They likewise noted that the DPWH has a high allocation for local projects such as the nearly P70-billion funding for the creation of multi-purpose buildings and facilities.

DPWH_corruption2

“The project engineers, road right-of-way, corruption there is massive. There’s no construction that will start without transactions made,” – Pres. Duterte

They also questioned why over 50 percent of the agency’s total budget was lodged under the DPWH central office.

Last month, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar earlier denied that there were lump sums in his agency’s budget.

The DPWH is proposing for a PHP667 billion, a 52 percent increase from this year’s budget.

The Duterte administration is building roads, bridges, airports, railways among others under the ‘Build, Build, Build’ infrastructure program.

advertisement