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DoTr’s Tugade calls for law setting 30-year transport plan

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) said it will seek legislation establishing a 30-year transportation sector roadmap to minimize the impact of changing priorities set by new administrations.

“I have designed and formulated a 30-year roadmap purely on transportation, a roadmap to cover five presidents,” Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade said at an online forum on May 11 organized by the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP).

He added: “Itong roadmap na ito will be legislated. The funding source will be legislated… kaya lang dapat tinutulak ko na this year ‘yan, pero nagkaroon ng pandemya (The plan needs to be legislated and its funding set in law… I had been planning to push for it this year but the pandemic got in the way).”

President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed Executive Order (EO) No. 05 in October 2016 approving and adopting a 25-year long-term plan known as “Ambisyon Natin 2040.”

Mr. Tugade said he is willing to work with the private sector on the matter.

“I am willing to sit down with you, na kung hindi man umusad sa Kongreso ‘to, iiwan ko sa inyo ang hard papers (If Congress does not act, I will leave the plan to you),” Mr. Tugade told the MAP executives.

“I wanted that to be my legacy, the 30-year transportation roadmap,” he added.

Mr. Duterte’s EO set out an objective of “tripl(ing) real capita incomes and eradicat(ing) hunger and poverty by 2040, if not sooner.”

The EO also called for “all plans of government departments, offices and instrumentalities, including government-owned or -controlled corporations and local government units, (to be) consistent with Ambisyon Natin 2040.” — Arjay L. Balinbin

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