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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau



13 October 2021 03:58:39 PM

The House Committee on Transportation chaired by Rep. Edgar Mary Sarmiento (1st District, Samar) on Wednesday approved House Bill 9468, which would adopt a 30-year National Transportation Infrastructure Program. In his sponsorship remarks, Sarmiento said there is a need for the measure to address the concerns of the aviation, railway and land sectors. “Tayo po malimit pag nagpapalit ng Presidente ay binabago natin ang mapa ng programa ng gobyerno,” he said. Sarmiento added that it is only proper to finally have a roadmap for the next 30 years. “So whatever current programs and projects relevant to aviation, maritime, land sector and railway should go on for us to finally have the needed public transportation the country needs,” he said. The panel also approved the substitute bills and committee reports on the following proposed measures: 1) Motorcycle-for-Hire Regulation Act; 2) International Maritime Instruments Domestication Act; 3) International Maritime Trade Competitiveness Act; 4) Revised Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Law; and 5) Magna Carta of Tricycle Drivers and Operators. For the motorcycle-for-hire bill, TWG Chairperson and Rep. John Reynald Tiangco (Lone District, Navotas City) said the substitute bill is a consolidation of 18 bills that would ensure economic safety, as well as proper regulation and conduct of operations. Committee Vice-Chairperson Rep. Sandro Gonzalez (Party-list, MARINO), said the substitute bill on the effective implementation of international maritime instruments reflects the country's seriousness in implementing the agreements to various international maritime conventions. Meanwhile, Rep. Ronnie Ong (Party-list, ANG PROBINSYANO) discussed the consolidated version of the bills on the “International Maritime Trade Competitiveness Act.” The bill seeks to resolve the problem on expensive shipping costs and promote healthy market competition. Sarmiento also stated that it is necessary to enact the measure because the Philippines is the most expensive country in terms of maritime costs. TWG head and Rep. Macnell Lusotan (Partylist, MARINO) said the consolidated bill, which seeks to revise the PCG Law of 2009, would clarify ambiguous provisions and enhance the PCG in effectively executing its mandate on maritime safety, security and marine environmental protection. On the Magna Carta for Tricycle Drivers and Operators, Rep. Rosanna Vergara (3rd District, Nueva Ecija) stated that the substitute bill provides. for a comprehensive mechanism for defining and protecting the rights of tricycle sector members. The panel also approved HB 9429 authored by Reps. Abdullah Dimaporo (2nd District, Lanao del Norte) and Khalid Dimaporo (1st District, Lanao del Norte). The bill would establish an international ship port in Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Lanao del Norte to cater to the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA). Lastly, the panel moved for the omnibus approval of bills seeking to establish Land Transportation Offices and Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) regional offices in certain parts of the country.