By Erma Edera
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar has ordered the creation of a Turnover Committee that will facilitate the implementation of Republic Act No. 11239 or the law abolishing the Road Board.
Through Department Order No. 35, series of 2019, Villar ordered the creation of the committee. which will be tasked to prepare the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the law.
“This committee will be in charge with coordinating and facilitating the transfer of all records, property, assets, equipment, and funds of the Road Board, including unexpended appropriations or allocations,” Villar said.
It will be headed by DPWH Assistant Secretary Eduardo Ramos and will be composed of the Department’s Directors of Finance Service, Human Resource and Administrative Service, Information Management Service, Legal Service, Planning Service, and Bureau of Equipment.
Villar said they will evaluate the position description of the existing permanent positions of Road Board and recommend, if necessary, the absorption of these employees, and determine the particular office to which the employees would be assigned.
On March 19, President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law a measure abolishing the Road Board.
RA 11239 transfers the rights, assets and liabilities of the abolished Road Board to the DPWH.
The law also provides that motor vehicle user’s charge (MVUC) collection will be remitted to the National Treasury.