Val­ley Dads back road board abo­li­tion

Sun.Star Baguio - - Top Stories - Lau­ren Alimondo Sun*Star Re­porter

LAW­MAK­ERS of Benguet’s cap­i­tal town is sup­port­ing the calls for the abo­li­tion of the con­tro­ver­sial road board.

Mem­bers of La Trinidad’s mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil on Tues­day ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion in­tro­duced by Coun­cilor Arthur Shon­to­gan strongly sup­port­ing the abo­li­tion of the road board cre­ated by Repub­lic Act No. 8794 and trans­fer­ring its pow­ers and func­tions to the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works and High­ways and Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion.

“Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte men­tioned the abo­li­tion of road board with the al­le­ga­tion of cor­rup­tion. In La Trinidad alone, a project is be­ing im­ple­mented, and up to now we are not in­formed as to when that will be fin­ish,” says Shon­to­gan.

Pre­vi­ously, the coun­cil passed res­o­lu­tions ask­ing the Na­tional Road Board for the in­stal­la­tion of LED Road­way Lu­mi­naires and con­struc­tion of geo­met­ric and foot­ings along the Halsema High­way but was never acted upon.

With no in­for­ma­tion of the sta­tus of the project, Shon­to­gan added they might be caught un­aware as to how much money was used to the con­sump­tion of street­lights.

“Is it cheaper com­par­ing to the ex­ist­ing street lights we are pay­ing, that is our fear,” he said.

The ap­proved res­o­lu­tion also stated the Com­mis­sion on Au­dit ex­posed the il­le­gal utiliza­tion of Road Users Tax which should have been en­joyed by tax­pay­ers and ended up be­ing al­lo­cated for an­other use.

“Not­ing the ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the utiliza­tion of Road Tax and con­sid­er­ing that the Road board is merely a du­pli­cate func­tion of DPWH, the lo­cal gov­ern­ment sup­ports the abo­li­tion of the Road Board and trans­fer­ring its func­tions to DPWH and DOTr,” the res­o­lu­tion added.

Aside from the street lights, the coun­cil is also eye­ing to cre­ate an­other res­o­lu­tion for the aban­doned con­struc­tion of an over­pass in Kilo­me­ter 5 in­ter­sec­tion near the newly con­structed and first traf­fic lights in the val­ley.

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