Gadon claim on Cory infra false

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University of the Philippines Journalism Department
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Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 19:40
Screenshot of Larry Gadon during Cebu forum

 

What was done during that six  years of Cory Aquino? Anong massive infrastructure ang nangyari noon (What massive infrastructure was built at the time)? Only the flyover in Ortigas and aside from that, wala na (nothing more).

    — Larry Gadon, Mega Cebu Candidates Forum, March 18, 2019

The Ortigas flyover was not the only massive infrastructure project built during the Corazon Aquino administration, contrary to Senate bet Larry Gadon’s claim.

The report The Aquino Management of the Presidency shows the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) spent P47.11 billion on various infrastructure projects from March 1986 to June 1992:  

For the period March 1986 to June 1992, a total of 47.11 billion was expended by the DPWH for various infrastructure projects. Of this amount, P31 billion (65.8 percent) went to the construction of 53,425 km. of roads and bridges; P1.32 billion (2.8 percent) for 2,272 portworks; P6.09 billion (12.9 percent) for 8,169 flood control and drainage projects; P4.05 billion (8.6 percent) for 63,722 classrooms and 5,409 buildings; and P1.01 billion (2.2 percent) for other infrastructure projects such as national buildings and preliminary engineering.

In Metro Manila alone, the Ortigas Avenue extension, six-lane Araneta Avenue, four-lane Makati-Mandaluyong Road from Coronado/San Francisco Street, five-lane EDSA extension to Roxas Boulevard, Parañaque-Sucat Road, Circumferential Road 5, and Radial Roads 10 and 90 were built besides the Ortigas and other flyovers, notes the report.  

Roads and bridges damaged by the magnitude-7.8 Luzon earthquake in 1990 such as Kennon, Naguilian and Marcos Roads leading to Baguio; Dalton Pass, Teofilo Sison (Carmen) Bridge in Rosales, Pangasinan; and the Magsaysay Bridge in Dagupan, Pangasinan were also reconstructed.

In 1991, 16 regional industrial centers in the country were identified, of which four were launched: CALABARZON in Batangas, PHIVIDEC Industrial Center in Cagayan de Oro, Pavia Agro-Industrial Center in Iloilo and General Santos Agro-Industrial Center in South Cotabato.

References

Atty Larry Gadon outshines fellow candidates at the Mega Cebu Senatorial Forum [Video File]. (2019, March 18). Retrieved from https://youtu.be/i2cndyjXpHI?t=3720 (watch 1:01:03 to 1:02:21)

Presidential Management Staff Office of the President. (1992, June). The Aquino Management of the Presidency (1986-1992) [PDF]. Manila, Philippines. Retrieved from http://malacanang.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/ThePresidentReport.pdf

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