By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Malacañang is ready to comply with the implementation of public works ban because of the upcoming May elections.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the statement as the government is required to follow the ban which started March 29 and will end on May 14.
Panelo said the government will follow what the law says.
“The Palace will follow all the requirements imposed by pertinent laws on the ban against public works,” he said.
Panelo also assured that the government’s economic managers are doing their best to ease the effects on the ban on the ongoing infrastructure projects.
“We assure everyone that the economic managers are on top of the situation. They know what to do and they do not have to be told on what steps they should undertake,” he said.
“Our economic managers have, in fact, requested the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for an exemption as early as February, a month before March 29 or when the ban took effect. Concerned agencies are now actively coordinating in order to submit the proper and complete documents for such purpose, as required of them by the Comelec,” he said.
Panelo also said that despite the delays caused by the ban, the infrastructure projects of the government will be completed as planned.
“Delays are indeed possible and they are inevitable at times, given the practical dynamics and legal dictates of our country, but these can be avoided or minimized with proper due diligence by those responsible therefore,” he said.
“As we have said, our economic managers have anticipated all possible scenarios and are ready to adapt so as to permit our infrastructure programs move forward. After all, a little delay is much better than no major infrastructure project at all – like what happened in the previous administration,” he added.