- The 2017 budget deliberations for the Department of Transportation was heard on Friday, September 9, and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez raised his concerns with the respective undersecretaries
- Alvarez was clearly mad about the slow resolution of traffic problems and other concerns such as unissued license plates and OR/CRs
- His worry is that Duterte’s 100 day is just around the corner and the transportation sector woes haven’t yet been addressed.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) officials experienced being in the hot seat when House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez addressed concerns regarding traffic problems.
The budget for the DOTr was deliberated last Friday and it was the opportune time for Alvarez to remind DOT execs of traffic woes resolution, a problem that still needs to be addressed by the administration.
Alvarez also raised the fact that Duterte is about to reach his 100 day in office and yet a number of concerns remained unattended.
He cited unissued official receipts, unissued license plates and also the official registration of private vehicles.
The proposed budget for 2017 that is being deliberated was at P55.478 billion.
Pantaleon Alvarez didn’t mince words when he inquired about the traffic problems that still hound the present administration.
He asked the officials directly, “Ano po ang programa ninyo sa tungkol sa plaka, lisensya at OR/CR? (What’s your program about the license plates, licenses and OR/CR?)”
Anne Lontoc, the DOTr undersecretary, said that they are already working for the procurement of additional driver’s licenses and car plates.
Alvarez said that he is worried about the transportation sector because Duterte has mentioned during the campaign, that he would be providing solutions to traffic or transportation problems, yet until now, despite the 100 day just around the corner, nothing has been done.
Aside from the Land Transportation Office being the subject of Alvarez’s ire, the DOTr undersecretary for air operations likewise experienced some dressing down since from the time he became the undersecretary, he was only able to visit one single airport out of the 80 airports in the Philippines, and that airport happened to be in Davao City.
Based on the responses of the undersecretaries during the budget deliberations, Alvarez expressed dissatisfaction with their performances.