Senators move to fast track postponement of village polls, abolition of Road Board
Senator Richard Gordon
MANILA, Philippines — Senator Richard Gordon has sponsored at the plenary the proposed postponement of barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections to October 2018.
According to the senator, he is planning to withdraw the controversial provision of giving the President the authority to appoint an officer-in-charge.
“Para matapos na ito to withdraw the right of the president to appoint or the power of the president to appoint those barangay officials that may have a record of drugs so that has now taken out,” said Gordon.
The senator said he will just push for other amendments on the proposal.
Some senators also urged to fast track the abolition of the Road Board.
This was after the Road Board officials failed to attend the budget hearing and only sent a letter saying the Road Board is currently not under the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
“Interestingly enough when we got the letter signed by the Road Board executive director it was not signed by Malacañang or anyone from the Office of the Executive Secretary. It appears your honors the Road Board does not want to appear in our hearings for the budget,” said Sen. Migz Zubiri.
Senate Majority Leader Tito Sotto and Minority Leader Franklin Drilon expressed their support for the board’s abolition. – Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue
DPWH to conduct road reblocking until October 25
MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will conduct road reblocking in some areas in Metro Manila from October 22 to October 25.
The DPWH will begin its weekend road reblocking at 11:00 p.m. on October 22 until 5:00 a.m. of October 25.
The following areas will be closed:
1. España Boulevard (from Extramadura St. to M. Dela Fuente St.)
2. C.P Garcia Francisco St. to Aguinaldo St. (2nd lane from sidewalk)
3. EDSA Tramo Flyover Aurora Blvd. (Tramo Off Ramp), Pasay City
4. EDSA Quezon City before Anapolis to before Boni Serrano flyover Northbound (2nd lane from sidewalk)
Motorists are advised to take alternate routes to avoid inconvenience. AAC
Mercado formally assumes post as DPWH secretary
MANILA, Philippines—Newly appointed secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Roger Mercado formally assumed his post on Thursday (October 14).
During a turnover ceremony, former secretary Mark Villar handed over the stewardship of DPWH to Mercado. This was after President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Mercado on October 12.
Villar stepped down as the department secretary to run for senator in the 2022 national elections.
“It is an honor to work with the professional men and women of DPWH and to be able to continue oversee the completion of Department’s flagship infrastructure programs and projects,” Mercado said.
He also vowed to sustain the current momentum in the department in order to “deliver more high-impact projects that will benefit the Filipino people including those living in remote communities.” AAC
Southern Leyte solon takes oath as new DPWH chief
MANILA, Philippines – A lawmaker from Southern Leyte has been designated as secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
Southern Leyte Rep. Roger Mercado took his oath before Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea as the new DPWH chief, as shown in photos shared by his son, Maasin City Mayor Nacional Mercado, on social media on Wednesday.
He will replace Mark Villar, who resigned from the post last week to pursue his senatorial bid in the 2022 elections.
Malacañang has yet to issue a statement confirming Mercado’s appointment to the DPWH.