Senate approves Road Board abolition


Posted at Jan 22 2019 03:59 PM

MANILA- The Senate on Tuesday adopted a bill seeking to abolish the graft-ridden Road Board.

Senators adopted the counterpart measure, House Bill 7436, which was passed by House lawmakers on Monday. 

The proposed measure will soon be submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte for signing.

The Road Board oversees funds from the Motor Vehicle User's Charge, 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.

The Commission on Audit however has said the MVUCs were being misappropriated, making it vulnerable to corruption.

The swift approval of the two chambers of Congress comes after Senate Majority Leader Miguel Zubiri, and Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto met with then House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. over the President's call to abolish the Road Board.

Duterte had repeatedly said he wanted the Road Board abolished.