No Budget for Dredging Activities in the Philippines

The Philippines Bicameral Conference Committee, working on the disagreeing provisions of the 2019 General Appropriations Bill, has adopted the motion of Senator Panfilo Lacson to scrap the budget for dredging activities.

In an unprecedented move, this year’s national budget has zero budget for dredging activities, which Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon, described as “a rich source of corruption“.

Contracts with contractors for dredging activities will not be funded. The reason is: dredging contracts with private contractors are the biggest sources of corruption, and the preferred insertions in the budget by legislators. Billions are allocated for dredging,” Drilon said.

A major amendment is that there will be no budget for dredging. Because dredging is the rich source of corruption. How can you measure how much cubic meters of mud did you dredge?” Drilon added.

Instead, Drilon said that the budget will be used to fund the purchase of dredging equipment lodged under the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Citing what I did for the Iloilo River, Sen Lacson moved that all the amounts allocated for dredging be used for the purchase of dredging machines. This was adopted by the Bicam,” Drilon continued.

That’s what we did in Iloilo. We purchased dredging machines so up to now, five years after, we’re still dredging without any additional expense,” he said.

Drilon concluded by saying that henceforth, as a matter of policy, dredging will be done in-house, by DPWH, not by private contractors.


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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews ( holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

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