Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., chairman of the Senate committees on Local Government and on Public Works, yesterday held consultations with the governor and mayors, other officials and sectoral representatives in Negros Oriental, to get a “feel” of their priority development projects that need attention from the national government.
Marcos, who is believed to be angling for the presidency in the 2016 election, said his visit to Dumaguete City was aimed to collect information for his proposed creation of a national infrastructure development plan.
He first joined the mayors during the meeting of the League of Municipalities of Negros Oriental, attended by Vice Governor Mark Macias and some Sangguniang Panlalawigan members in Dumaguete.
He later proceeded to the Negros Oriental Convention Center to meet with Gov. Roel Degamo, provincial government department heads and agency representatives for a dialog on infrastructure development.
Marcos said they are trying to put together a national infrastructure and development plan but are asking officials, local government units and the agencies for inputs.
He spoke about the need to harmonize the priorities of both national and local governments in terms of infrastructure development. He pointed out that in many instances, the needs and priorities of both do not match.
Marcos said the Philippines has fallen behind in infrastructure development, with a spending of 2.5 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product, that he described as “very low”. Government is looking at doubling this at five percent but it would still be low compared to other ASEAN neighbors, he added.*JFP
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