Two committees of the House of Representatives will hold separate hearings in Cebu on Monday, February 18, on new roll-in-roll (roro) routes, and to solve housing-related problems for the urban poor in the Armed Forces. Philippines (AFP) -The Central Command (Centcom).
The first hearing will be at 11 a.m. in the social room of the Port Authority of Cebu (CPA). It will be conducted by the supervision committee of the House of Representatives on transportation chaired by the Representative of Catanduanes, Cesar Sarmiento.
The second hearing will be at 2 p.m. in the Centcom that will be carried out by the supervision committee of the House of Representatives chaired by Negros Occidental Rep. Albee Benitez.
Speaker of the House of Representatives Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will attend both hearings.
Arroyo had previously promoted the expansion and modernization of the roro system, which was launched during her tenure as president.
CPA general manager Angelo Verdan said Strong Republic's waterways (SRNH) were implemented to reduce the cost of transporting goods and services.
He said the House committee wanted to further promote the Roro system, particularly by opening new routes in areas without maritime transport.
He said that Arroyo wanted to have an effective SRNH, especially because President Duterte had recognized the importance of the roro as a cheap means of transportation.
Arroyo's office sent a press release that he had conducted a supervisory hearing on the roro system to verify the status of existing ports throughout the country and the reactivation of canceled projects.
Regarding the supervision of housing, Arroyo wanted to find a solution to the problem surrounding the property in Barangay Apas, Cebu City, which he had granted to the urban poor beneficiaries through the Presidential Proclamation 409 that he issued in 2003.
The property in Apas belonged to the provincial government. In 1959, he donated to the AFP 47 plots of land covering 80 hectares on the condition that the property would be reverted to the Province if it was no longer used for military purposes.