Solons to have say on road-users' tax allocation

For the good of the people or for them to get a bigger slice of the pie?
Apr 18, 2011

The House of Representatives has approved on its third and final reading House Bill 4069, which seeks to amend Republic Act 8794 or the Motor Vehicle User's Charge (MVUC) law to "provide a system of equitably allocating the funds" nationwide.

The bill seeks to allocate part of the proceeds of MVUC collections to the government of the province hosting the collecting Land Transportation Office (LTO) and by allowing members of the House of Representatives to have a role in the process of allocating funds collected out of the road-users' tax.

According to Rep. Aurora Enerio-Cerilles of the second district of Zamboanga del Sur, one of the bill's authors, the law is being questioned because of the general impression that the present system is full of corruption and that the distribution of funds as dispensed by the Road Board is unfair.

"The bill seeks to amend some portion of RA 8794 to give justice to the original intention of the framers of this law which is to provide funds for the maintenance of provincial roads," said Enerio-Cerilles. "This will direct all monies collected to the general fund of the national government and it will be the Congress of the Philippines who will later judiciously allocate the money, making it transparent and accountable."

The measure provides that in allocating the road-users' tax fund, the length of the roads and their condition shall be considered together with the total road length at the concerned district, and that the province hosting an LTO should get 50 percent of the fund it collected.

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The bill also requires that the funds collected in the course of implementing the Road User's Tax should be remitted to the National Treasury and become part of the annual budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

Lastly, the bill mandates that members of the House of Representatives shall oversee the allocation of funds.

Do you think this bill should be approved? Post your comments below.

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