ANSA-EAP FOI Practice Report: What’s up with ‘Build, Build, Build’?

The Duterte administration's Build, Build, Build (BBB) program is such a massive program that promises many things, including economic gains, jobs, traffic decongestion, among others. In view of this, the public must be fully informed about how the projects are being developed, their progress in implementation and, more importantly, if they are achieving target results. The public must be adequately alerted and consulted on ways to address program issues and its overall direction.

This FOI Practice focused on BBB aimed to test access to (a) feasibility studies, and (b) progress reports of selected BBB projects, which are implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Department of Transportation (DOTr).

DPWH and DOTr were selected in view of their crucial role in the BBB program. The targeted areas were spread out in NCR, Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, with sampled projects in varying degrees of reported accomplishment at different stages of operation. The sampling was expected to show level of ease or difficulty in securing information depending on the stage of project operation. These stages are: project development, project procurement, and project implementation. Information regarding project status was derived from the government’s official website on BBB projects.

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