- The House Committee on Transportation has approved the formation technical working group to come up with a substitute bill to the bills filed by House members
- There are 10 bills filed that all seek to grant the President emergency powers to solve the worsening Manila traffic
- There are at least 20 House members who are authors to the 10 bills
A technical working group (TWG) will now be formed after the House Committee on Transportation approved on September 22, Wednesday, the motion raised by Rep. Maximo Rodriguez, Jr.
The TWG will draw up the substitute bill to the 10 bills filed by House members, the proposal of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), and other proposals all seeking to grant President Duterte emergency powers to address the traffic crisis.
Rodriguez of Cagayan De Oro City’s second district sought the creation of the TWG with regard to the issue of the emergency powers granted to the President. The committee was chaired by Rep. Cesar Sarmiento of Catanduanes.
“It has been moved and seconded that we create a TWG that will harmonize and consolidate all the proposals and come up with a substitute bill for consideration by the mother committee and then for consideration in the plenary debate,” said Sarmiento.
Sarmiento revealed that he will most like become the head of TWG for continuity and speed in temrs of drawing up the emergency powers substitute bill.
Sarmiento also disclosed that the committee hearings in the House are suspended from Sept. 26 to Oct. 7, 2016. This will give way to the plenary deliberations about the 2017 General Appropriations Bill (GAB). The TWG then start holding meetings after suspension period.
“After Oct. 7, that will be the time the TWG can meet and invite resource persons. Before the congressional break on Oct. 22, we will meet and then present to the mother committee what we’ve agreed upon,” said Sarmiento.
Sarmiento is hoping that the TWG will be able to come up with the substitute bill by November and be able to present it to the committee on transportation. He said the bill will subsequently be referred to the committee on appropriations because of the funding component.
As of present, there are 10 bills that seek to grant the President with emergency powers regarding the traffic in Metro Manila. These bills are filed by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, Rep. Gus Tambunting, Rolando Andaya, Jr., Minority Leader Danilo Suarez, Deputy Speaker Raneo Abu, Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles, Michael John Duavit, Carlos Cojuangco, Benhur Salimbagon, Elisa Kho, Rodel Batocabe, Deputy Speaker Raneo Abu, Rep. Arthur Yap, Reps. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Bayani Fernando, Rep. Strike Revilla, Rep. Winston Castelo, Deputy Speaker Pia Cayetano, Rep. Marlyn Primicias-Agabas, Maria Vida Espinosa, and Reps. Evelina Escudero. -Kami Media