House rescinds abolition of Road Board

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 13 2018 01:41 AM

MANILA - The House of Representatives has rescinded approval of House Bill 7436 or the abolition of the Road Board.

House Bill 7436 was approved on May 15 under previous Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who was an author of the bill. 

During Wednesday’s session, House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. made the motion to rescind the approval of the measure.

“Relative to HB 7436 which we have previously approved on 3rd reading. With leave of the House, I move that we rescind approval of the said bill and that we will no longer pursue its passage," he said.

Nobody objected and the motion was carried. 

The Road Board oversees the funds from the Motor Vehicle User's Charge (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, the MVUC collections shall be used only for construction, upgrading, repair, and rehabilitation of roads, bridges, and road drainage, pollution control, including the establishment and improvement of solid waste management programs and facilities, and vehicle pollution control. 

The bill was pending in a bicameral conference committee prior to its approval.