Road Board abolished

March 19, 2019

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a measure abolishing the allegedly graft-ridden Road Board.

Duterte signed Republic Act 11239 or “An Act Abolishing the Road Board and providing for the disposition of the Motor Vehicle User’s Charge (MVUC) Collections” on March 8 but the  the media learned of the signing only on Tuesday. 

Duterte had sought the abolition of the Road Board due to persistent allegations of corruption.

The Road Board oversees funds from the MVUCs, which are supposed to be used exclusively for road maintenance and improvement of road drainage, installation of traffic lights and road safety devices, and air pollution control.

But the Commission on Audit has said the Road Board was vulnerable to corruption and the MVUCs were being misappropriated.