Duterte signs law abolishing Road Board

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has abolished the graft-ridden Road Board.

Republic Act (RA) 11239, signed by Duterte last March 2019, directs the remittance of collections from the road user’s tax to the National Treasury.

Such funds should only be earmarked for construction, upgrading, repair, and rehabilitation of roads, bridges, and road drainage to be included in the annual General Appropriations Act, the new law said.

The measure also directs the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to absorb the employees of the secretariat of the abolished Road Board, without diminution of their salaries and other benefits.

Those who are separated from the service as a result of the abolition of the Road Board and its secretariat, on one hand, will receive separation benefits.

Section 7 of RA 11239 provides that, the DPWH will assume all the obligations and liabilities of the Board, including its records, property, assets, equipment, funds, and unexpended appropriations.