Sen. Bongbong’s panel sets to hear his ‘right-of-way’ bill and Sen. Recto’s ‘BOT’ amendments

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Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Works, is set to conduct a public hearing on two separate bills regarding “right of way” and amendments to the “Build-Operate-Transfer” law or BOT.

The public hearing is scheduled on May 27, 2014, Tuesday, 10 am, at the Senate’s Padilla Room.

Sen. Bongbong is the author of Senate Bill No. 2145, otherwise known as ‘An Act to Facilitate the Acquisition of Right-of-Way, Site, or Location for National Government Infrastructure Projects, Appropriating Funds Therefor, and for Other Purposes.”

He said national government infrastructure projects are crucial to public welfare and the country’s development. The acquisition of property needed for the projects, however, entails a long and tedious process, with several hurdles imposed on private landowners, discouraging them from cooperating with the government. These delays in the construction of public infrastructure are to the detriment of the general public.

“To balance the interest of the State and the private landowners and ensure that the nation’s infrastructure projects are completed efficiently and equitably, with due consideration for private rights, there is an urgent need to remove ‘roadblocks,’ so to speak, by amending R.A. No. 8974,” Sen. Bongbong said.

Senate Bill No. 459, on the other hand, filed by Senator Ralph G. Recto, seeks to amend R.A. No. 6957, as amended by R.A. No. 7718, otherwise known as the “Build-Operate-Transfer” (BOT) law.

“The bill is aimed at further improving the BOT law by expanding its coverage and providing more incentives to the private sector who become partners of the government in infrastructure projects,” Sen. Recto said.

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