Infrastructure spending jumps 13% in 2022

By Aaron Michael C. Sy | BusinessWorld
March 31, 2023

STATE SPENDING on infrastructure rose by 13.4% in 2022, as the government ramped up public works and transportation-related projects.

According to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), infrastructure and other capital outlays jumped to P1.02 trillion last year, from P895.1 billion in 2021.

The DBM said infrastructure spending also exceeded the government’s P979.3-billion program by 3.7% due to higher-than-expected disbursements by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Department of Transportation (DoTr).

The bulk of the DPWH spending went to implementation and payment of regular infrastructure projects, such as national roads, bridges and flood control projects.

Disbursements by the DoTr, on the other hand, went to the Cebu Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project and other account payables.