Bill seeks limiting road maintenance works to 72 hours

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A bill filed at the House of Representatives seeks to require contractors to complete road maintenance work in 72 hours to reduce inconvenience to motorists and commuters.

In House Bill 119, Rep. Carlo Lopez from the second district of Manila proposed to require all public utility companies that supply water, light, power, gas, telephone and other services to the public to complete their road repair works within three days.

"We have been witnesses to the deplorable conduct of public utility agencies, companies or corporations both public and private of leaving the road, street, passageway of pathway where an installation maintenance or repair work was done in a very deplorable and dangerous situation," Lopez said.

The repair will be done in the presence of the barangay chairperson or the barangay secretary when the chairperson is absent. Either one is then required to issue a certificate of repair work completion once the area that has been fixed, cleaned and reopened to public and private vehicles.

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"A copy of the certificate shall be retained by the barangay official as basis for any future activities that any public utility companies or enterprise which may venture out in the same barangay," Lopez added.

The proposed penalties for violators of this bill are a fine of P50,000 and imprisonment of one year.

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