In an interview on DWIZ, Sen. Lacson answered questions on: – need for transparency in the bicameral conference committee on the 2019 budget
– DBM Sec. Diokno’s claim that deleting P75B from DPWH budget may harm economy
– US NGO’s claim that PH is a ‘war zone in disguise’
– Sri Lankan president’s reported intent to ‘copy” PH war vs drugs
– ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law and efforts to reach out to Nur Misuari
– Sen. Pacquiao’s bout vs Adrien Broner
In an interview on DZRH, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– need to tighten Bank Secrecy Act and related legislation after Ligot acquittal
– passage of the 2019 national budget
– potential PH takeover of Hanjin shipyard in Subic
Highlights of the continuation of Sen. Lacson’s interpellation of the DPWH’s budget:
* Tracing a big chunk of the P75B ‘insertion’ in the DPWH’s 2019 budget
* Proposal to reallocate a part of the P75B to slope protection
* Plea to DPWH to ‘walk the extra mile’ in helping landowners affected by right-of-way issues
* Push to restore a provision in the 2019 budget not to start implementation of projects without settling ROW first
Instead of potentially letting foreign firms do so, it would be better if the Philippine government take over the shipyard of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction in Subic, Zambales.
Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson raised this proposal Wednesday during the Senate’s deliberations on the 2019 budget of the Department of National Defense.
Lacson pointed out the government may use “insertions” deleted from the P3.7-trillion proposed 2019 budget, including P75 billion of the Department of Public Works and Highways.
“What if the Philippine government will just take over Hanjin and bid out to possible partners, private entities? This will mean potential income for the government,” said Lacson, who earlier moved to have the Senate constitute itself into a Committee of the Whole to discuss the issue while tackling the DND’s budget.
Maaaring maging tagapagligtas ng mga motoristang dumadaaan sa Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba-Tublay (BLISTT) Road project ang bahagi ng P75 bilyon na tinanggal ng Senado mula sa 2019 budget ng Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
Ayon kay Senador Panfilo Lacson, na nakabisto sa naturang singit na pondo, isa sa kanyang tinitingnan na paglilipatan ng bahagi ng pondo ay ang slope protection sa BLISTT.
“If my other colleagues will allow … we might give part of the P75 billion to the DPWH for slope protection work in Cordillera,” pagbubunyag ni Lacson.
Sa mga kalsadang sakop ng BLISTT project, karaniwan nang problema ng mga motorista ang mga landslides dahil hindi naging maayos ang paglalagay ng slope protection sa mga ito, dahilan para gumuho kahit sa hindi kalakasang pag-ulan.
There are several worthwhile programs that could use the P75 billion deleted from the proposed 2019 budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways – such as slope protection for key roads in Northern Luzon, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said.
“If my other colleagues will allow … we might give part of the P75 billion to the DPWH for slope protection work in Cordillera,” he said.
But Lacson said the bottom line is that the realignment of the amount to other items in the P3.7-trillion budget for 2019 should not be a case of “pork to pork.”
“We will look for programs that need funding. But for me, the bottom line is that the ‘transfer’ of the P75 billion should not be from pork to pork,” he added.
Patapos na ang matagal at nakakainip na paghihintay.
Ito ang mga saloobin na baon pauwi ng mga residente ng Batangas na nagtungo sa tanggapan ni Senador Panfilo Lacson sa Senado, tangan-tangan ang mga kopya ng mga dokumento para sa lupaing pag-aari nila na tinamaan ng mga proyekto ng Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
Ang mga residente na pawang mga magsasaka ay kabilang sa tinatayang 140 pamilyang nagmamay-ari ng mga lupain na nahagip ng road right-of-way (RROW) na tangay ng mga proyektong imprastraktura ng naturang ahensiya na magpahanggang ngayon ay naghihintay na mabayaran sa perwisyong inabot alinsunod sa batas.
Bagama’t naging emosyonal ang simula ng meeting ng mga residente at kinatawan ng DPWH, nakahanap sila ng “middle ground,” ayon kay Lacson.
“I advised the Regional Director of the DPWH Region IV-A to simply find a solution instead of arguing and looking for problems. There’s P250 million in ROW appropriations for the Batangas project and there should be no reason to make those poor souls wait,” ani Lacson.
The long wait for compensation may finally be over for landowners affected by right-of-way (ROW) issues involving projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
Some of the landowner-claimants from Batangas met with regional representatives of the DPWH on Monday afternoon, in the office of Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson.
While the meeting between the Batangas ROW claimants and the DPWH representatives started on a highly emotional note, the parties eventually found a middle ground, Lacson noted.
“I advised the Regional Director of the DPWH Region IV-A to simply find a solution instead of arguing and looking for problems. There’s P250 million in ROW appropriations for the Batangas project and there should be no reason to make those poor souls wait,” he said.
“I will continue to urge the DPWH leadership to render justice especially to the poor claimants who don’t have the wherewithal to have their claims processed and finalized,” he added.