Infra spending up 34.6%

By Inquirer.net April 20,2018

January-February

THE amount spent by the government on infrastructure jumped by over a third to P93.8 billion as of February, the latest Department of Budget and Management data released on Friday showed.

In February alone, spending on infrastructure and other capital outlays reached P50.5 billion, up 43.9 percent from P35.1 billion in the same month last year.

Infrastructure spending that month also exceeded by 16.8 percent the P43.3 billion spent in January.

In a report, the DBM partly attributed the climb in infrastructure spending in February to “completed road infrastructure projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways such as improvement and rehabilitation of dike systems, flood control and mitigation structures, and construction of roads, bridges and school buildings.”

“The higher infrastructure spending also stemmed from the acquisition of office an building of the Bureau of Internal Revenue-Revenue Region 8, the construction of dry dock facility of the Department of National Defense-Philippine Navy, as well as the opening of a letter of credit in connection with the Commission on Elections’ option to purchase vote counting machines for the 2019 national and local elections,” the DBM added.

From January to February, the amount spent on infrastructure and other capital outlays grew by 34.6 percent from P69.7 billion a year ago.

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