Manny Lopez to lead House probe on cashless toll payments, rainwater management


The House committee on Metro Manila development led by Manila Rep. Manny Lopez is set to hold a probe soon on the rainwater management system in the capital, as well as the cashless toll payment system.

Lopez cited a 2013 Time Magazine article which dubbed the Philippines as “the most exposed country in the world to tropical storms”. He noted that on the average, 20 tropical cyclones enter the Philippine area of responsibility.

“Why is it that as recent as a few months past, this committee was conducting hearings on water interruptions and water rationing in Metro Manila like we reside in an arid desert landscape? And now, we have to conduct investigations on why we cannot manage a large inflow of rainwater brought about by tropical storms. There lies a big disconnect in how we manage this most valuable of resources, water– and of which we are lucky to be abundantly blessed with,” he added.

Lopez said the issue of cashless toll payments is also important, and will be tackled by his committee.

“In the coming days, this committee will study the issues of the soon to be implemented cashless toll payment scheme at the NLEX and SLEX, the abusive, usurious, and highly unfair and irregular practices of credit card, lending, and money remittance companies, entities and individuals,” he said.