Consider the US in ‘Build, build, build’ program, PH urged | Inquirer Business

Consider the US in ‘Build, build, build’ program, PH urged

/ 05:24 AM August 30, 2018

The Philippines should see the United States as a “very positive alternative” in helping meet the country’s infrastructure needs, a US official said.

US Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Manisha Singh said in a forum on Wednesday that the government’s ambitious “Build, Build, Build” (BBB) infrastructure development program complements US and Japanese efforts in the region.


“We want the Philippines, or the Philippine government to know, that there are alternatives,” she said.

It is not clear if this is a reference to the country’s warmer ties to China, especially since the latter has been playing a significant role in the Philippines’ BBB strategy.


The Duterte administration has been strengthening the country’s ties with China, seeking economic benefits while taking a softer stance on the territorial dispute over the West Philippine Sea.

“There are many alternatives when looking to fulfill the infrastructure needs, and we certainly hope you will look to the United States as a very positive alternative,” she added.

She said the BBB program was a “perfect complement” to the US Indo-Pacific strategy, as well as with Japanese interests in the region.

She added that the BBB program highlighted the need for better infrastructure, better cyber systems, and energy development.

Subscribe to Inquirer Business Newsletter
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Build Build Build, Infrastructure, Manisha Singh
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2020 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.