MORE INFRA. Former Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar speaks to supporters in Naval, Biliran province during a rally on Friday (April 8, 2022). He vowed to work for the continuation of the Build, Build, Build (BBB) program if he wins in the Senate race. (Photo from FB page of Mark Villar)

TACLOBAN CITY – Former Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar has vowed to work for the continuation of the" Build, Build, Build" (BBB) program if he wins the Senate race.

The UniTeam Senatorial bet said he will push for legislation to support the program in the next administration considering that the implementation of infrastructure projects will help generate jobs.

“We are proud of President Duterte’s BBB program. Over the past five years, the program generated six million jobs. The government built more than 29,000 kilometers of road, over 5,000 bridges, and 150,000 school buildings. We’re able to accomplish a lot despite pandemic,” Villar told reporters here on Saturday.

Villar said the success of Build, Build, Build is very visible in Eastern Visayas following the construction of several bypass roads and the Leyte Tide Embankment project.

Villar admitted that he is faring well in his campaign because of the success of "Build, Build, Build".

“The success of BBB plus the legacy of my parents help me in my campaign,” said Villar, who consistently lands in the top 12 in senatorial surveys.

The BBB Program is the centerpiece program of the Duterte administration that aims to usher in the “golden age of infrastructure” in the Philippines.

The program aimed to accelerate public infrastructure expenditure from an average of 2.9 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) during the past administration to about 7.3 percent. (PNA)