DPWH marks 123rd anniversary

June 24, 2021 Lee Ann P. Ducusin 161 views

THE Department of Public Works and Highways marked its 123rd founding anniversary with the theme “DPWH @ 123: Matatag na Imprastruktura, Laban sa Pandemya,” helping the country triumph over the health crisis.

Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. VIllar said it was the second time since the COVID-19 pandemic hit that the department celebrated without any fanfare.

“For the second year since COVID-19 pandemic hit, we are celebrating sans fanfare programs, as we dedicate this day to honor the men and women frontliners who continue to save and serve our Kababayans,” he said.

This year’s DPWH virtual anniversary program included a thanksgiving mass, awarding ceremony for loyalty awardees and compulsory retirees, and audio-video presentation of the Department’s accomplishments.

When the COVID-19 struck the country off guard, DPWH had been at the forefront of saving lives by addressing the dearth in healthcare facilities by putting up modular hospitals, isolation/quarantine facilities, and offsite dormitories for healthcare workers.

Villar lauded the sense of camaraderie exemplified by the DPWH workers, to the extent of risking their lives in delivering service to the Filipinos.

“Now that we are gradually recuperating, DPWH is still at the forefront of recovery, intensifying even more our infrastructure development to stimulate the economy,” he said.

The DPWH chief pointed out that the way to post-pandemic economic recovery is to push for the implementation and completion of high-impact projects in the pipeline.

Just like most of the world’s, Philippine economy badly suffered from the prolonged community quarantines but the government is poised for immediate recovery.

“We are tapping infrastructure development to reinvigorate economic productivity, encourage mobility and provide employment opportunities. As restrictions continue to ease, we are confident that the Build, Build, Build Program will be able to deliver short and long-term impact from generating jobs to enabling private businesses and individuals to produce goods and services more efficiently,” Villar said.