The marching order was very clear from the get go. When Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade assumed office in 2016, his primary task was to fulfill the goal set by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in their very firat cabinet meeting - Make the life of the Filipino more comfortable.
With this, our Transportation Chief laid down the ethos of the entire DOTr - the relentless and tireless pursuit of transformational initiatives to significantly improve mobility and connectivity across regions.
And we are now seeing the results of this juggernaut. One testament of which is our Aviation and Airports sector, where the tremendous effort that was put in has translated to 121 completed airport projects, while 114 are well-underway and 75 more are set to begin work soonest.
Under the mantra of the "BUILD, BUILD, BUILD" infrastructure program of the Duterte administration, and with tenacity and ferocity of a strong-willed leadership exhibited by Secretary Tugade day in, day out, and in between, the DOTr made it happen, and will continue what needs to be done until the last day.
And with another day less in the President's term, we remain committed to make more of these happen, not just in Aviation, but also in the rest of our transport sectors.
23 February 2021