Mark Villar is under fire and ridicule from Ilonggos for credit-grabbing the Iloilo Esplanade


Wazzup Pilipinas!?

"Public Works Secretary Mark Villar has come under fire and ridicule from many Ilonggos for a post on his official Facebook page about the Iloilo Esplanade project."

Can anybody explain what exactly is Mark Villar's contribution sa projects secured by PNoy?

Feasibility study? PNoy.

Budget? PNoy.

Bidding? PNoy.

Terms & Conditions ng kontrata? PNoy.

So, saan papasok si Mark Villar diyan? Taga picture?


Mulat mula naman ay under Pnoy na iyan Natural lang na sila ang magtuloy pero kinanya pa din! Mga suwapang talaga!!! Very clear na may mga project talaga na hindi naman kasama sa Build, Build, Build ng administrasyon ...

I was in Iloilo in early 2016 before the election in May. I was already jogging along Esplanade and enjoying the already rehabilitated river. How come he is claiming that it is part of build build build? Hindi pa nga nananalo si Digong noon.

I am fortunate to have visited the Esplanade two times. This is the most beautiful walking park in the country, I believe. And it also showcases the successful rehab of the Iloilo River which Ilonggos are rightly proud of. I have talked with locals in my two visits and they consistently give credit for the Esplanade to their mayors and Senator Drilon.

Shame on you Mark Villar.



Pahiya ka. Huwag kasing puro post ng mga projects na hindi naman ginawa sa panahon mo. Build, build,  build daw pero yun pala ay matagal na yung project? Kung gusto mong samahan ang ina mo sa senado ay pumarehas ka. Bilyonaryo na kayo, nanlalamang ka pa sa pamamagitan ng early campaign. At saka pera ng bayan ang ginamit at kahit sino ang maging DPWH Secretary ay gagawin dapat ang pinapagawa sa iyo. Mahiya ka dahil ginawa ninyo ng hanapbuhay ang politika.Kahit sinong umupo na Presidente eh kakampi kayo. Ang tawag diyan ay user at enabler kayo.

The same thing happened in Cebu where the Cebu-Cordova bridge is being tagged as Build Build Build which is Pduts program. But the bridge is under PPP from Pnoy's admin. Lol

Build, build, build daw nakahashtag pa, ang daming Ilonggong nagcomment Kung kailan natapos at yong inauguration niyan..Tatak Villar - credit grabber!

Palusot of Sec. Villar is  projects' continuity regardless if initiated by former or current admin.

Pero wag ka, tingnan mo yung TV ads na early campaigning. It's concept seems he's the man behind newly constructed road and bridges.

The whole Iloilo development project  includes relocation of squatters, closure of some establishments that pollutes the river, first few phases of the esplanade, road widening, diversion roads, fast craft terminal, invitation of several real estate developers, and many others. 

Iloilo city 12 years ago is totally a different city today. All these started by Drilon and Mabilog and supported by Pnoy and Trenas. Thanks to them. The river was used as a catalyst to the whole city development. If there are remaining projects that are not yet implemented and will be implemented by the next admin, we should also give thanks to the next admin...but not solely take all the credit.

There are projects funded by multiple GAA... and Iloilo Esplanade is one of them. It is natural that not all Esplanade from segment/Phase 1 to 10 will be finished by just one or 2 administration. The whole Esplanade projects were planned in 2010 or even earlier. The first Esplanade (ESPLANADE-1) was constructed in 2011-2012.  The 1.2-kilometer Iloilo River Esplanade was formally opened on Aug. 19, 2012 as part of efforts to rehabilitate and bring back the Iloilo River’s historic past. Thousands of people attended the event.        Esplande-2 was about to start at that time which is situated almost opposite Esplanade-1 (about 800-meters). Then at the same time, Esplanade-3 being planned from Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue to Barangay Nabitasan in La Paz District, which will cost around P80 million.       ===========>     Formerly known as TreƱas Boulevard, the Iloilo Esplanade is a project in the public realm. It is the initial part of a larger project to provide both sides of the Iloilo River with esplanades catering primarily to pedestrians. Phase one is 1.2 kilometers long between Iloilo Diversion and Carpenter Bridges in Iloilo City.

The site was an existing dike road devoid of shade and originally built just as a flood control measure. Senator FRANKLIN DRILON launched the esplanade project as a key component of his Iloilo River Improvement initiative.

The longest linear park in the country lines the Iloilo river as it traverses through 5 of the 7 city districts: Molo, Mandurriao, La Paz, Lapuz, and the City Proper. Now almost close to 10 km in length, it had inauspicious beginnings over a decade ago, initially meant as an alternate traffic route and flood control system between Carpenter Bridge in Molo district and the major city highway, Diversion Road.

The Iloilo River Esplanade is now in its ninth phase, stretching 8.1 kilometers in total length, more than half the length of the river. Each esplanade phase has its own unique charm and character.

Dapat maimbistigahan din kung merong kontrata bang nakuha ang construction company ng mga Villar sa gobyerno. Alam naman natin na isa sa negosyo ng mga Villar ay construction.

“A strong leader accepts blame and gives the credit. A weak leader gives blame and accepts the credit.”

All these pre-campaign politician ads are bad but Mark Villar's is especially rancid. All of the DPWH's accomplishments and numbers presented as if it were his and his alone. Blatant credit-grabbing!


Credit grabbers in this administration who are salivating on getting elected positions in the coming May 2022 elections should be permanently trashed and rejected by voters.

To Ilonggos, let us stand our ground as we unite our votes in choosing the next rightful leader we think we deserve to have in running the country for the next 6 years. Every vote speaks of your voice, your power and your right as citizens of this wonderful country. Wag po sana natin sayangin ang pagkakataon. Fight Ilonggo fight.

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