The controversial Road Board is officially no more.
This comes after President Duterte officially signed Republic Act No. 11239 – “An Act Abolishing the Road Board and Providing for the Disposition of the Motor Vehicle User's Charge Collections (MVUC).”
Long hounded by controversy and alleged corruption, the Road Board's role was to ensure adequate maintenance of the country's roads, along with the utilization of the MVUC. With the passing of R.A. 11239, not only does this dissolve the Road Board, but the money collected from the MVUC will be reallocated. These funds will instead be placed in the National Treasury under a special account in the General Fund.
From there, all of the funds collected will be used solely for the construction of new roads, as well as for upgrading, repairing, and rehabilitation of roads, bridges, and road drainage that will be included in the General Appropriatons Act (GAA).
The Secretaries of the Department of Budget and Managment (DBM), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) are tasked to come up with the implementing rules and regulations (IRR), along with other ammendments to carry out R.A. 11239 within the next 30 days.
In addition, the DPWH will assume the duties, obligations, and liabilities of the now former Road Board. The DPWH will also acquire the Road Board's records, properties, assests, equipment, and additional funding. Employees of the secretariat of the Road Board will be absorbed into the DPWH.
But for the other Road Board personnel that will be let go, they will receive separation benefits under the provisions of R.A. 6656: “An Act to Protect the Security of Tenure of Civil Service Officers and Employees in the Implementation of the Government Reorganization”. Retirees that are qualified to receive benefits will also be entitled to receive theirs when the time comes.
R.A. 11239 will take effect 15 days after its publication in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation.