RTA seeks P100-M budget for 2019
RTA promises to purchase speed guns, breath analyzers, and two-way radios
The Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) is expected to get an upgrade if it gets in full its proposed P100 million budget for 2019.
A total of P100,926,792.00 million was proposed by the RTA for the salary of its employees, including the traffic department’s maintenance and other operational expenses.
Among the equipment the RTA promised to purchase next year are speed guns, a device used in law-enforcement to measure the speed of moving vehicles to fully implement the speed limit in the city. Also included is the purchase of breath analyzer to go after drunk drivers, a two-way radio base with antenna, among others, all worth a total of P1.8 million.
The budget also includes the salary of RTA’s employees amounting to P56 million, maintenance and other operational expenses with a budget worth P42 million.
The committee of the whole has earlier deferred the RTA budget as it demands that RTA executives show first the traffic management plan, otherwise known as the Local Public Transport Route Plan (LPTRP). It is a mandatory requirement of every local government unit per order issued by the Department of Transportation and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
It will supposedly be the legislators’ guide in crafting traffic-related policies.
But Councilor Edna Dahino, who chairs the committee of the whole said, the RTA has yet to present its traffic plan so far this week.
She said they are expecting to receive the plan on their meeting today or on Friday.
“We will still check for other information that we are looking for, and we need to discuss it with the vice mayor who is still in Manila now,” she added.
Councilor Teodulfo Lao Jr. meanwhile said if the RTA fails to present the traffic plan, their P100 million proposed budget might be slashed.
A Road and Traffic Administration (RTA) personnel stopped a jepney driver for violating a minor traffic rule along CM Recto highway.