Press Release
January 8, 2014

Drilon: Sec. Singson's competence, integrity unassailable

Senate President Franklin M. Drilon has expressed his complete support for Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson, who he describes as "the most honest, efficient, and decisive Public Works secretary" he has seen throughout the last few administrations.

"I know for a fact that Sec. Singson would not stand for any shenanigans. He has shown zero tolerance for corruption since day one in office. His integrity and competence is unassailable," said Drilon.

Drilon said that it is only under the leadership of Singson that genuine reforms such as improved procurement procedures, as well as competitive and transparent bidding have been effectively implemented in the department.

He lauded the strict adherence of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to the policy requiring the preparation of Program of Work with detailed estimates for each capital outlay, instead of indiscriminate releasing of project funds.

"The effective implementation of these reforms resulted in P16 billion savings which can be utilized for additional infrastructure projects," emphasized Drilon.

Meanwhile, the Senate chief said he believes that the allegations of overpricing in the construction of bunkhouses for Yolanda-hit victims are counterproductive, especially at a time "when DPWH's attention is badly needed elsewhere."

Drilon said that as with the President, he expressed satisfaction and confidence with the explanations provided by the DPWH secretary regarding the issue.

"In fact, the secretary's recent offer to immediately resign if the allegations of overpricing are proven to be true is an admirable sign of class and character befitting a true public servant," ended Drilon.

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