MANILA, Philippines – House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez got very upset after Land Transportation Office Chief Edgar Galvante failed to attend the House Committee hearing earlier Wednesday.
During the hearing, various issues such as fast tracking the process on motor vehicle registration and car plates backlogs were tackled.
It was said that Asec. Galvante was not able to attend the hearing because he was in the hospital for medical treatment.
House Speaker Alvarez would have wanted to ask the LTO Chief about the status of almost 6 million backlogs on vehicle plates.
The agency was able to send a representative from the Chief Operations Division, but the official failed to give a clear answer to the House Speaker’s questions.
This got Alvarez really angry to the point of calling for Galvante to resign from his post for his slow action to address the problem of car plates backlog, despite of being 1-year in office.
“What are you doing there? If you cannot do your job you resign! You tell Asec. Galvante if you cannot do your job tender his resignation. Hindi kaya. Mahigit isang taon na kayo dyan wala pa rin kayong plaka (You can’t handle it. You’ve been there for more than a year yet there are still no car plates),” Alvarez said.
Based on the statement released by the LTO Wednesday afternoon, the agency said that they have already issued the notice of award to the winning bidder, Trojan Computer Forms Manufacturing Corporation and J.H. Tonnjes E.A.S.T. GMBH & Co. KG Joint Venture for the production of the almost 6 million backlog on car plates amounting to more than P900-million.
The House leader also questioned the alleged slow process of imported motor vehicle registration, due to various requirements, such as the permit from the PNP-HPH Traffic Management Group and a clearance from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, which he said are unnecessary.
“Katarantaduhan yang mga requirements (Those requirements are foolish). Pinahihirapan niyo taumbayan (You’re burdening the people),” Alvarez said.
The UNTV News Team tried to get a reaction from Asec. Galvante, but it was reported that he was confined to a hospital since Tuesday afternoon. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue
Postponing 2019 polls will help Congress finish federalism bill – Speaker Alvarez
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez believes that postponing the 2019 midterm elections will help the lawmakers to focus more on tackling the proposed constitutional amendment.
Alvarez said the Lower House is facing a tight schedule in the coming weeks because they will have to deliberate on the 2019 Proposed National Budget along with the proposed shift to the federal government.
He also noted that the congressmen will be busy campaigning for the upcoming polls once they file their certificates of candidacy (COC) in October.
“Papaano tayo magka- quorum dito? Anong mangyayari? Syempre magkakampanya na ang mga congs. Election iyan. (Dapat hindi na mag-eleksyon muna?) Kung gugustuhin talaga na matapos ito kasi kailangan mo ng focus diyan,” argued Alvarez.
But Senator Francis Pangilinan disagreed with the House Speaker insisting that the people’s right to suffrage should not be compromised.
Meanwhile, Alvarez stressed that they will continue working on the proposed federalism even without the Senate.
This is because the Senate’s version of the bill is still pending in the committee level.
“Wala naman sinasabi na magcoconvene kami into constituent assembly. Three-fourth vote of all its members. Congress may propose. Hindi ito iyong parang batas na inaaprubahan mo. Proposal lang ito for the people to agree,” he added.
Earlier today, the members of the consultative committee tasked by President Rodrigo Duterte to review the 1987 constitution submitted a copy of their proposed federal charter to the house leaders.
However, solons are yet to tackle the content of the proposal.
House Majority Floor Leader Rudy Fariñas also clarified that only Congress has the power to propose amendments in the Constitution.
“Alam naman nila na ang kanila is just recommendatory. They are only advisory and I hope that we can make that very clear to the public,” Fariñas concluded. – Grace Casin
Malacañang demands further justifications on Boracay closure plan
Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Atty. Menardo Guevarra
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has no final decision yet on the planned closure of Boracay Island.
Malacañang said they have asked additional justification from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Department of Tourism (DOT) on their recommendation for the closure of Boracay on April 26.
“Have requested the three agencies to submit a more detailed memo on the justification,” said Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Atty. Menardo Guevarra.
The official added that the Department of Trade and Industry has submitted a separate memorandum regarding the possible complications on the recommendation of the inter-agency task force.
“The Department of Trade and Industry has actually submitted the separate memorandum to us saying that maybe this closure can be done in phases, because of the effect on businesses and livelihood in the area,” said Guevarra.
The Palace added that the President is weighing the possible effects of the planned closure of the island on the economy.
Meanwhile, Malacañg does not see any problem or conflict on the construction of a casino hotel with the cleansing of Boracay.
“For as long as any establishment for that matter, including this casino, complies with all the regulatory requirements like environmental rules and regulations, there should be no problem with that,” said Guevarra. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue
DENR orders self-demolition for Boracay establishments to avoid lawsuit
Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu answers questions during an inspection in Boracay Island.
MANILA, Philippines — Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu has reminded owners of commercial establishments located at the no-build zone area of Bulabog Beach in Boracay Island to self-demolish to avoid facing a lawsuit.
The establishments in question stand on forest and wetland areas which the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) prohibits.
“It’s really their right naman but we have to implement the law. The law is there, halimbawa, sinasabi nilang private property na nila yan the government can make some legal remedy para ma-implement,” said the environment secretary.
(It’s really their right also but we have to implement the law. The law is there. For example, they’re claiming that it’s already their private property. The government can make some legal remedy so that it can be implemented.)
On Monday, Cimatu and representatives of concerned agencies inspected the structures built along the 25+5 easement area of the beach.
Establishment owners are given 15 days from today, March 27, to demolish or abandon their structures.
Meanwhile, Cimatu has asked the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to immediately finish roadworks at Boracay Circumferential Road which connects Barangay Manoc Manoc to Yapak and is expected to ease traffic congestion in the area.
“This will partially or probably reduce the traffic. We are planning to open up another road dito upang i-reduce (here to reduce) travel from one hour to 30 minutes. Ganun,” said Cimatu.
The secretary is confident that with constant cooperation from the local government, the rehabilitation of Boracay Island will speedily progress. — Maris Federes | UNTV News & Rescue