MANILA - The House of Representatives has approved the substitute bill abolishing the Road Board amid allegations of corruption in the agency, the House body in charge of the matter said Sunday.
"Corruption attendant to the use of the funds through the Road Board was magnified after some lawmakers complained of alleged kickbacks being demanded by some unscrupulous officials of the Board," the House Committee on Government Reorganization and Public Works and Highways said.
The committee said the abolition of the Road Board will pave the way for a more transparent and proactive utilization of funds collected through the Motor Vehicle User's Charge (MVUC).
The Road Board oversees the funds from the MVUC, 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.
Under the bill filed in Congress, management of funds for road projects will be turned over to the Department of Public Works and Highways, while the Department of Environment and Natural Resources will manage the funds for pollution control.
"The funds will thus already be with the implementing agencies themselves. This will lead to a more efficient use of the funds for projects that will benefit the public," said committee chairman Camiguin Representative Xavier Jesus D. Romualdo.