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House leader commends performance of DPWH, BOC

House Appropriations chair Karlo Alexei Nograles on Wednesday lauded the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Bureau of Customs (BoC) for achieving major milestones in carrying out the Duterte administration’s agenda on infrastructure development and good governance.

In a statement, the Davao City lawmaker especially cited DPWH Secretary Mark Villar and BoC Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon for their leadership of the two vital government agencies, saying that “the President’s men are showing how it should be done.”

“The DPWH under Secretary Villar has demonstrated sheer will and commitment in ensuring that infrastructure projects are completed on time and in less than a year, many big ticket projects are now open to the public,” Nograles said.

He congratulated Villar for the opening of the PHP1.22-billion Laguna Lake Highway, also known as C-6 dike road, which is expected to ease traffic along C-5 and EDSA and reduce travel time from Taytay, Rizal to Bicutan, Paranaque.

“These are long-delayed projects which are finally completed because of Secretary Villar’s no-nonsense and hands-on style of leadership. He is very strict when it comes to compliance of contractors on their work schedules. This is the reason why the DPWH is inaugurating projects left and right,” Nograles said.

The ranking House leader also lauded Faeldon for finally breaking the agency’s collection target.

Nograles noted that this was the first time in seven years that the agency’s collection targets were reached or even surpassed.

He said BoC’s success in surpassing its January collection target — breaching the assigned revenue goal of PHP35.509 billion by PHP2.36 million — has finally broken the jinx that has hounded the bureau for the past seven years.

“The BoC has been very consistent in failing to achieve its revenue target. This is the first in seven years that the bureau has surpassed its target. This is really a huge achievement considering that the Duterte administration is just a little more than six months old,” he said.

“Indeed, the President’s men are showing their predecessors how it should be done to make things happen,” Nograles said.