Lacson pushes transparency, geo-tagging to counter ghost infra projects

Lacson pushes transparency, geo-tagging to counter ghost infra projects

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — To put a stop to ghost projects and other forms of corruption
that have hounded the country’s infrastructure programs, Sen. Panfilo
“Ping” M. Lacson will institute a geo-tagging system in the first 100
days of his term, if he wins the presidential election in 2022.

Lacson said the geo-tagging system will also show his seriousness in
imposing a zero-tolerance policy against erring contractors – and
their benefactors.

“Integrity in our infrastructure spending must be built on
transparency and accountability. I will institute a geo-tagging system
to provide an open data visualization platform containing all public
infrastructure projects. Lahat ng proyekto — kahit ghost projects pa —
makikita ng publiko (All projects, even ghost projects, will be
visible to the public),” Lacson – the presidential standard bearer of
Partido Reporma – said at the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and
Industry’s 47th Philippine Business Conference and Expo.

“We will impose zero tolerance to erring contractors and their
benefactors,” he added.

According to Lacson, spending on infrastructure provides the best
value for government’s money even as he stressed the public must see
tangible gains such as easing of traffic, reduction of transport
costs, and connecting of people.

He said he will sustain and continue infra spending for priority
projects – such as those on transport systems for our food supply
chain, inter-island connectivity, regional food terminals and health
facilities – by realistically setting targets which are time-bound and
implementable.

Another priority will be to start building climate-resilient
infrastructure, as well as stopping the practice of “preventive
maintenance” by demolishing roads that are not damaged.

These will all dovetail with his efforts to invest in and implement a
National Broadband Program to connect, unify and automate all
government processes for “efficient business transactions, increased
revenue collections, and eradication of corruption in all levels of
our bureaucracy.” (ai/mtvn)

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