Mayors invited at Senate hearing on emergency powers vs traffic
Mayors from various local government units were among the invited resource persons at Thursday’s (tomorrow’s) resumption of the hearing of the Senate committee on public services on the proposed emergency powers to solve the traffic problems.
The third hearing of the committee chaired by Senator Grace Poe will resume at 9 a.m. with the heads of concerned government agencies like Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and Public Works Secretary Mark Villar.
Metro Manila Development Authority General Manager Thomas Orbos is also expected to attend.
“We want to hear from among the various transport agencies of the government, in particular the transportation department, details of their plans and programs relative to the emergency powers asked from Congress,” Poe said in a statement on Wednesday.
“We have to make sure that their plans are detailed, its scope well-defined, time-bound, transparent and more importantly, will have direct impact to address the traffic emergency,” she added,
Other resource persons invited to the hearing are Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, Pasay City Mayor Antonio Calixto and Mandaluyong City Mayor Carmelita Abalos.
San Juan City Mayor Guia Gomez, Muntinlupa City Mayor Jaime Fresnedi, Pasig City Mayor Roberto Eusebio, Makati City Mayor Mar-Len Abigail Binay and Calamba City Mayor Justin Marc Chipeco.
The committee conducted its last hearing on August 9.
Poe temporarily put on hold the hearing, pending the submission of a detailed list of projects that the government intended to implement using the emergency powers being sought for President Rodrigo Duterte.
But on September 2, Poe said her office finally received a 64-page list of projects and a draft bill of the proposed emergency powers from the Department of Transportation. TVJ
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