Rep. Cyrille “Beng” F. Abueg-Zaldivar of the 2nd Legislative District has filed seven road conversion bills in the House of Representatives.
According to Abueg-Zaldivar, these bills seek to convert several provincial roads into national roads in the municipalities of Narra, Quezon, and Bataraza in southern Palawan.
For the municipality of Narra, House Bill (H.B.) 5574 aims to convert the Provincial Roads from the National Highway to Barangay Poblacion, namely Lapu-lapu, Osmena, Malvar, Estrella, Magsaysay, Quirino, Manga, Dalandan, and G.P. Cruz Streets; H.B. 5576, converting the Provincial Road from the National Highway to Barangay Bagong Sikat Center; and H.B. 5577, converting the Provincial Road from Barangay Estrella Village Public Market to Estrella Village National High School. In Quezon, H.B. 5575 converts the two-kilometer Provincial Road from Sitio Tapsan to SitioRolling in Barangay Panitian. In Bataraza, H.B. 5578, converts the five-kilometer Provincial Road from the National Highway, known as Contreras Street, passing through Sitio Racub leading to Sitio Bukid-bukid in Barangay Rio Tuba; H.B. 5639, converting Provincial Road from Barangay Rio Tuba to Barangay Buliluyan; and H.B. 5676 converting the seventeen-kilometer Provincial Road passing through the Barangay Roads from Sarong River to Sitio Tagpisa of Barangay Ocayan.
Currently, four of these House bills, H.B.s 5575, 5577, 5578, and 5676, have already been approved at the committee level, ready for inclusion in the Committee Report, while H.B.s 5574, 5576, and 5639, are still pending for deliberation.
“As many of the national roads in the Second District of Palawan are approaching project completion, we seek to convert more provincial roads into national roads to allow us to utilize the national government fund in covering for the repair, maintenance, and improvement of these roads,” said Abueg-Zaldivar.
Due to the lengths of these provincial roads, she said the local government fund is not enough to sustain their maintenance, while also developing other local roads.
“Road nationalization shall be hastened as it directly affects people’s mobility. Accessible roads bring more opportunities to the populace, which helps boost the economy,” she said.