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House passes right of way measure to fast-track infra projects

February 7, 2023 Jester P. Manalastas 341 views

A measure that seeks to expedite the acquisition of right of way (ROW) for various national government infrastructure projects has been approved on third and final reading in the House of Representatives.

With a vote of 239 and three against, the House Bill 6571 aimed at creating jobs and promoting development in the countryside.

Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez said the measure would help to avoid delays in the implementation of public works projects like highways, expressways, railways, ports, and other mass transportation systems.

“The timely implementation of these infrastructures will benefit our people, as it will definitely speed up mobility and interconnectivity, which in turn will result in lower transportation costs,” Romualdez said.

He lamented that acquisition of right of way in private properties has often hampered and delayed the building of roads, bridges, expressways, railways, airports, and similar public facilities.

“Let us put an end to this gridlock. Private ownership should give way to public interest and welfare,” Romualdez said.

HB No. 6571 is a consolidation of five related measures authored by Deputy Speaker and Pampanga 3rd District Rep. Aurelio Gonzales Jr., Deputy Speaker and Batangas Rep. Ralph Recto, Reps. Romeo Momo, Salvador Pleyto Sr., and Bernadette Herrera.

Gonzales, who introduced the first bill on ROW acquisition, said delay in the timely completion of construction projects “does not only hamper national growth and development but exposes the government to unnecessary expenses that can be avoided.”

“Construction laws need to be updated for the prompt completion of infrastructures and their timely use and enjoyment by our people,” Gonzales said.