Acting presidential spokesperson Martin Andanar said Wednesday President Rodrigo Roa Duterte should also be given credit for continuing and completing projects handed down from the previous administration.
Andanar made this remark amid criticism that the success of the completion of several infrastructure projects under the “Build, Build, Build” program should be given to the administration of former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
“Every President has this kind of issue. The real measure of maturity when it comes to governance is continuity of projects,” he said in an interview over PolitikoTV Channel.
He disagreed with accusations that the Duterte administration was grabbing credit for the said programs and projects, noting it was also an achievement because there have been cases where an administration opted not to carry on with them.
“For me, credit-grabbing is not an issue, what is important is the good project was continued,” Andanar said in Filipino.
He cited how the government was even sued for canceling in November 2010 the Laguna Lake Rehabilitation Project, one of the country’s most ambitious flood-control projects.
“There are previous presidents for example who decided not to continue a project,” he added.
Last month, Public Works Undersecretary Emil Sadain said he was optimistic that the next administration will continue the implementation of the remaining infrastructure projects, noting that these would help rev up the economy.