The length of time it takes for major infrastructure projects – particularly roads and bridges – in the Philippines has become the subject of jokes.
Whereas in other more progressive countries, bridge construction or road repairs take only one to three days, in the Philippines such projects could last from one to three years.
Who can forget the brouhaha concerning the bridge-widening project along the National Highway in San Pedro City in Laguna, which took three years to complete, causing hardship among motorists and commuters who already had to contend with heavy traffic?
Or, how about the bridge that should’ve connected the northbound and southbound portions of the San Pedro Exit along the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), where construction has allegedly stalled due to right-of-way issues?
Now Cabuyao City is apparently not spared from infrastructure projects that seem to take forever to complete.
The Sala Bridge, which construction began in 2022, has yet to be finished, causing traffic jams that make the lives of commuters more miserable.
It should be up to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to ensure that these projects are started and finished on time – or even sooner.
After all, other countries have proven that the construction of infrastructure projects such as roads and bridges could be done quickly with minimal impact on the everyday lives of motorists and commuters.
Why couldn’t we do it here in the Philippines?
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