Build, Build, Build
…then, destroy, destroy, destroy
By Apolinario Villalobos
That is how it is in the Philippines. Infrastructures are built and left to deteriorate due to haphazard maintenance. Bridges are provided with lights such as those of Quiapo and Sta. Cruz in Manila, followed by colorful launching complete with media coverage and ribbon cutting, then left to the mercy of vandals and the natural elements due to the negligence of local governments. All airport terminal buildings are in sorry state, one of them even with periodic failure of a lone escalator, while the other one always lands on the pages of broadsheet due to falling ceiling panels. The other one is reported to be with clogged toilets.
Once the “underside” of the LRT (Light Rail Transit) was colorfully painted by a mayor of Manila City, but when he lost in the election, the winner upon assumption of post, practically “deleted” the mark of the previous mayor. Millions of pesos were spent for paints to cover the former “design” and color of posts of the transit system and for the new paint, complete with outdoor plants that in time wilted due to their new environment. Today, the “underside” is again in sorry state. Highways and roads that are still in tip-top condition are destroyed to give way to new “toppings” every time new officials assume post or when the term of the incumbent is about to be finished.
There is no consistency in the Philippines as regards the maintenance of infrastructures. Many Filipinos even suspect that they were built for “commission”. And with the pronouncement of a government official about the plan of the Duterte administration to build, build, build….what should Filipinos expect? I say…damn it, damn it, damn it! ….which is much better than “shit, shit, shit”!
The “Build, Build, Build” of the Duterte Administration
By Apolinario Villalobos
THE NEW ADMINISTRATION WANTS TO “BUILD, BUILD, BUILD”….THEN WHAT?
HOW CAN THE GOVERNMENT AFFORD TO SPEND FOR NEW INFRASTRUCTURES IF IT CANNOT EVEN FINISH A SIMPLE PROJECT SUCH AS EFFECTIVE DRAINAGE SYSTEM AROUND MANILA, MANY OF WHICH ARE LEFT UNFINISHED DUE TO LACK OF BUDGET? AND, THERE IS YET AN IMPORTANT ISSUE ON THE DOABLE OPTION IN DIVERTING THE TRAFFIC FROM THE MAIN THOUROUGHFARES. MOST IMPORTANTLY, THERE IS A NEED TO IMPROVE THE FACILITIES OF THE PHLIPPINE ARMY, PHILIPPINE NAVY AND COAST GUARDS. THE MILITARY IS SO DEPENDENT ON DONATIONS. THE WHOLE LENGTH OF THE COASTAL AREAS AROUND THE ARCHIPELAGIC COUNTRY ARE INADEQUATELY PROTECTED DUE TO THE LACK OF SHIPS AND PATROLS BOATS. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ET.
THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD LEAVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF INFRASTRUCTURES TO FOREIGN INVESTORS, PERIOD. ON THE OTHER HAND, IT SHOULD CONCENTRATE ON THE REPAIR OF WHAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN BUILT AS THESE STRUCTURES ARE SHAMEFULLY DILAPIDATED. GOVERNMENT LEADERS SHOULD WORK ON THE PRINCIPLE OF “CONTINUITY”, SO AS NOT TO WASTE THE PEOPLE’S MONEY.
THE PROBLEM OF THE PHILIPPINES AS A NATION ARE HER LEADERS AND THINKERS KUNO IN THE GOVERNMENT WHO REFUSE TO MAINTAIN WHAT HAVE BEEN BUILT BY PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATIONS. THEY WOULD RATHER BUILD THEIR OWN STRUCTURES ON WHICH TO IMPRESS THEIR NAMES. WORST, SOME OF THESE MORONS DESTROY WHAT HAVE BEEN BUILT DESPITE THEIR BEING USEFUL AND IN THEIR PLACE, BUILD THEIR OWN!
IT IS THIS ATTITUDE THAT INDICATES SELFISHNESS AND CORRUPTION THAT SINKS THE PHILIPPINES FURTHER DOWN THE PIT OF DAMNATION EVERY TIME A NEW ADMINISTRATION TAKES OVER THE REIGNS OF THE GOVERNMENT!
AT THIS POINT IN TIME, I AM WONDERING IF PRESIDENT DUTERTE IS BEING WISE ENOUGH IN GETTING PEOPLE TO FILL UP THE POSITIONS IN HIS ADMINISTRATION. MOST OF THEM MAY JUST CAUSE HIS DOWNFALL DUE TO THE FRIENDLY TRUST THAT HE GIVES THEM.