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House to implement stricter rules in road status conversion
Dexter A. See
Benguet, 4-13-2014


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The House Committee on Public Works and Highways will implement stricter rules and regulations in the conversion of the status of provincial, city, and municipal roads to national roads to prevent politicians from taking advantage of the national government’s allocation of billions for the concreting and upgrading of national roads.

Benguet Rep. Ronald Cosalan, who chairs the House committee, said because of the heavy spending of the national government for the rehabilitation and upgrading of national and secondary national roads, numerous bills were filed by different congressmen seeking the conversion of local roads in their respective districts to national roads, which would have a significant impact in the future allocation of the government’s road maintenance funds.

“We have to scrutinize the parameters for the desired conversion of local roads so they will serve their purpose and not to put the burden of maintaining the roads to the Department of Public Works and Highways,” Cosalan said.

He said for a road to be converted to a national road, it must have an inter-provincial linkage, at least two lanes with minimal road-right-of-way problems, its length must not be less than five kilometers, and should connect to a national road.

Under existing rules, the maintenance of provincial, city, and municipal roads which are converted to national roads or secondary national arterial roads remain with the DPWH and no longer the local government units.

Cosalan said the House committee acts on bills for conversion of local roads to national roads if the legislative measures are fully supported by endorsements from the concerned local government units and the DPWH so the concerned agency will not encounter problems in the future.

President Benigno Aquino III said all national roads and 80 percent of secondary national arterial roads will be concreted when he steps down in 2016.



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