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Build, Build, Build

Anna Mae Yu Lamentillo believes that infrastructure investment is a prerequisite if the Philippines is to become a trillion-dollar economy. Her role as Chairperson in the Build Build Build Committee, under the leadership of Senator Mark Villar, has ushered in a new era of progress, connecting the nation's 81 provinces, 146 cities, and 1,489 municipalities through extensive infrastructure projects. As she often says, "People would often ask - what is Build, Build, Build? It is a springboard, a chance to turn a dream of connecting Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao into a reality. It means connecting 81 provinces, 146 cities, and 1,489 municipalities."

These projects include 29,264 kilometers of roads, 5,950 bridges, 11,340 flood control projects, 222 evacuation centers, 150,149 classrooms, 214 airport projects, and 451 seaport projects. Notably, the program also includes the first Philippine Subway and five new railway routes, significantly enhancing mass transit options. With a steadfast belief in the power of infrastructure to drive economic growth, Anna Mae Lamentillo envisions the Philippines transforming from a developing nation to a first-world economy. She understands that strategic infrastructure development is the catalyst for this transformation, enhancing connectivity and accessibility, stimulating commerce, attracting investments, and improving the quality of life for all Filipinos.

Transformative Infrastructure

The Build, Build, Build program represents one of the most ambitious infrastructure initiatives in Philippine history. By constructing thousands of kilometers of roads and bridges, the program has significantly improved connectivity across the archipelago, reducing travel time, facilitating trade, and boosting tourism. These infrastructure improvements are essential for integrating regional economies, promoting balanced development, and ensuring that no province, city, or municipality is left behind.

Educational and Social Infrastructure

Beyond transportation and flood control, the Build, Build, Build program has also prioritized educational and social infrastructure. The construction of 150,149 classrooms has provided students with improved learning environments, addressing the chronic shortage of educational facilities and contributing to better educational outcomes. Additionally, the program has built 222 evacuation centers, ensuring that communities have safe and accessible shelters during emergencies.

Enhancing Air and Sea Connectivity

The development of 214 airport projects and 451 seaport projects has further enhanced the Philippines' connectivity, both domestically and internationally. These projects are vital for supporting the country's growing tourism industry, facilitating the movement of goods and people, and strengthening the Philippines' position as a key player in the global economy. Improved air and sea infrastructure also supports regional development, making remote and underserved areas more accessible and economically viable.

Economic Growth and Prosperity

Anna Mae Lamentillo's advocacy for infrastructure development is rooted in her belief that it is a powerful driver of economic growth and prosperity. By investing in infrastructure, the Philippines can attract foreign investments, create jobs, and stimulate economic activity. The Build, Build, Build program has already generated millions of jobs, providing livelihoods for countless Filipinos and contributing to the nation's economic recovery and growth.

Lamentillo envisions a future where the Philippines is no longer seen as a developing nation but as a dynamic and thriving first-world economy. She believes that strategic infrastructure development is the key to unlocking the country's full potential and achieving sustainable and inclusive growth. Through her unwavering dedication and visionary leadership, she is helping to pave the way for a more connected, resilient, and prosperous Philippines.
Aerial view of the Panguil Bay Bridge Project, showcasing the 320-meter main bridge and the 1,920-meter approach bridge. This transformative infrastructure project promises to drastically reduce travel time between Tangub City, Misamis Occidental, and Tubod, Lanao del Norte, enhancing connectivity and economic growth across Northern and Central Mindanao. The bridge marks a significant milestone in the DPWH INFRAgenda 2028 Strategic Plan, heralding a new era in interisland transportation.
Anna Mae Yu Lamentillo inspects the NLEX Harbor Link Project during the pandemic, overseeing the 21.60-km extension from Valenzuela City to Mel Lopez Blvd./R10 and Commonwealth Avenue. This vital infrastructure project, encompassing Segments 9, 10, and the Exit Ramp to R10, as well as Segments 8.1 and 8.2, is crucial for improving connectivity and easing traffic congestion in Metro Manila
Aerial view of Clark International Airport, operated by Luzon International Premier Airport Development (LIPAD). The 110,000 sqm terminal features state-of-the-art amenities, offering a seamless travel experience. Passengers can also take advantage of point-to-point (P2P) bus services from Trinoma and Parañaque City for convenient transportation.
Inspection of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) by Build Build Build Committee Chairperson Anna Mae Yu Lamentillo, DPWH Undersecretary Maria Catalina Cabral, San Miguel Corporation Technical Operations Head Norberto Conti, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, Pangasinan Representative Ramon Guico III, DPWH Public-Private Partnership Service Director Alex Bote, and Regional Director Ronnel Tan. The 89.207 km expressway significantly reduces travel times across various routes, benefiting thousands of vehicles daily.
Inspection of the NLEX Harbor Link Project, a key component of the EDSA Decongestion Masterplan and the country's first truck-graded expressway. Attendees include DPWH Public-Private Partnership Service Director Alex Bote, NLEX Vice President for Tollway Development and Engineering Nemesio Castillo, NLEX Chief Operating Officer Raul Ignacio, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, and Build Build Build Committee Chairperson Anna Mae Yu Lamentillo. This project is vital for enhancing connectivity and reducing traffic congestion.
Over 6.5 million Filipinos from the Build, Build, Build team have transformed the nation by constructing 29,264 kilometers of roads, 5,950 bridges, 11,340 flood control projects, 222 evacuation centers, 150,149 classrooms, 214 airport projects, and 451 seaport projects. Their remarkable efforts have significantly advanced the country's infrastructure.
Secretary Mark Villar and Build Build Build Committee Chairperson Anna Mae Yu Lamentillo inspect the progress of the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 Project, highlighting its crucial role in improving traffic flow and connectivity across the metro. Their visit underscores the government's commitment to advancing infrastructure development in the Philippines.

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