Senate to get House ‘genuine’ Road Board bill

January 17, 2019
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

THE leadership of Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will transmit next week to the Senate for its approval a “genuine” bill abolishing the graft-ridden Road Board.

House Majority Leader and Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando “Nonoy” Andaya, Jr., who chairs the House Committee on Rules, said the House of Representatives will ensure that the bill will be approved before Congress adjourns on February 8 as the national campaign begins on February 12.

“We are going to send the bill next week to the Senate to have it approved by the senators,” said Andaya.

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives approved on second reading a new bill on Road Board abolition.

Andaya led the introduction of the new measure with “perfecting amendments” to the original House Bill (HB) No. 7436 of the Road Board bill.

Earlier, Andaya said the agreement of the House of Representatives and the Senate to approve a legitimate bill to abolish the Road Board would prevent a supposed attempt to hoodwink President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte into signing an earlier defective measure.

Andaya, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri and Senate Pro Tempore agreed Tuesday night to junk the fake Road Board abolition measure.

He said the motor vehicle user’s charge (MVUC) collections will be itemized for maintenance of roads under the national budget.

Andaya said proceeds from the MVUC will go to the general fund to also ensure its use for the reconstruction of calamity-hit areas upon the approval of President Duterte.

The previous approved version, according to Andaya, merely transfers the management and control of Road Board funds from seven men to three departments — the Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Transportation (DOTr), and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

The Road Board controls funds collected from the MVUC solely for road maintenance and drainage improvement, the installation of traffic lights and road safety devices, and monitoring air pollution.