Amid ouster call, Diokno reports nearly double rise in infra spending
This is his mic drop for critics.
Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno has had a tough week after the House of Representatives tried — and failed — to boot him out of office.
Amid the hulaballoo, the Cabinet official was actually reporting good stats. Diokno announced that government spending on infrastructure and capital outlays surged to P94.4 billion in October, an 83.4 percent increase from a year ago.
The amount include payments for completed projects, among them the rehabilitation/reconstruction/upgrading of damaged paved national roads, flood control and drainage improvement projects, construction of bypass/diversion roads, road improvement/widening; the Health Facilities Enhancement Program of the Department of Health; repair of buildings and acquisition of equipment of various state universities and colleges; the repair and rehabilitation of school buildings under the Department of Education; and local infrastructure projects in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
“The year-to-date figures remain impressive. Public spending is up by 24.8% in the first ten months of the year and this is no small feat considering our much bigger budget,” Diokno added in a statement on Wednesday, Dec. 12.