As the secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), it’s Mark Villar’s job to follow the government’s mantra to “Build, build, build”. It’s probably also his job to make sure that people know about all the build, build, building.
But Facebook users have also made it their job to make sure that credit goes where it’s due—in the case of Phase II of the NAIAX elevated expressway project, to former president Benigno “PNoy” Aquino III, under whose administration the project was approved and began construction.
The Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway (NAIAX) project was initially approved by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2001, opening Phase I construction to motorists in 2009.
Phase II was approved by President PNoy Aquino in 2012, and began construction in 2014. The project was funded through a partnership with San Miguel Corporation, which won the bid to build, operate, and maintain the project.
The entire NAIAX was opened to motorists in 2017, connecting the Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX) with the Skyway.
Sec Villar had posted a photo of a top view of a portion of NAIAX with the caption, “Made my day. Ang ganda mo, Pilipinas. “
“Thank you PNoy, taxpayers money and SMC!” one user commented on Sec Villar’s post.
“This was a project that broke ground in Sec Singson’s time under the Aquino government, scheduled to be finished this time. Lucky you, you get to ribbon cut. #ThankYouPNoy,” another comment read.
The Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines contains a list of projects began under the PNoy administration that was slated to be completed after the end of Aquino’s term in 2016.
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