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Lawmakers pushing for the Metro Manila Traffic Crisis Act of 2016 to pass
Two members of the House of Representatives namely Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Marikina Rep. Bayani Fernando are leading the charge to pass House Bill 544 or the 'Metro Manila Traffic Crisis Act of 2016 quickly.
“The current traffic congestion in Metro Manila has reached a crisis situation, impeding progress and leads to a situation wherein billions are lost daily in fuel cost, man hours and opportunities,” said Arroyo and Fernando.
They believe that this bill will be the solution for the ongoing traffic crisis in the country and in effect will help with the economic growth.
Included here is giving President Duterte the authority to take charge and fix the traffic crisis within two years time starting from the day the bill officially becomes a law. It allows the President to enter into negotiated constructs for construction, repair, etc. under the following conditions:
a) In order to inform competitive contracts, the list of projects to be undertaken under this Act, together with their description, the budgetary estimates involved and other salient features, shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation thirty (30) days after the effectivity of this Act.
b) Upon perfection of the contract, the terms and conditions of the same, with the name and qualification of the contractor, shall likewise be published in a newspaper of general circulation two (2) weeks before the signing of the contract
c) The contracts shall be awarded only to contractors with: (i) proven competence and experience in similar projects; (ii) competent key personnel and sufficient and reliable equipment and (iii) sound financial capacity
d) All the awarded projects shall be subject to existing government auditing rules and regulations governing negotiated contract.”
Upon the apporval of this bill, an additional subsidy will also be provided for the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in the form of a 10-percent allocation. This will be coming from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation’s (PAGCOR) annual aggregate gross earnings for the next five years. Though the President may still opt to upgrade the compensation of MMDA personnel involved in traffic reduction contingent to the approved budget for 2017 by Congress.
Lastly, a five-member Oversight Committee will be formed in each House of Congress wherein their task is to monitor the implementation of the Act.