As part of her administration’s clean air campaign, former President Arroyo has ordered in the past the release of P500 million to public utility jeepney operators of Metro Manila, for converting their diesel engines to a cleaner liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) powered jeeps.
Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (FEJODAP) chairman Zenny Maranan said it would greatly help not only the jeepney operators but the riding public as well.
Maranan said the operators and jeepney drivers would save money from the current high cost of diesel fuel had they converted to LPG engines.
Commuters need not worry about the fare increases since the LPG cost P10 less than the diesel fuel at the gas pumps, therefore both the drivers and operators will have enough earnings everyday.
Maranan, who has been the leader of the association since the time of GMA, said the fund was deposited at the Postal Bank during the first few years of the Arroyo administration.
However, she is not sure if the money is still there or if some officials have pocketed the money. Nevertheless, she wants to know so her group can start applying for the release of the funds so they can convert their engines, Maranan added.
Postal Bank President Josie De la Cruz has not returned our call to confirm if the said amount is still in the bank or if it was transferred somewhere else or withdrawn earlier?
Paging Commission on Audit (COA) Chairwoman Grace Pulido-Tan!!!
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DPWH finds cavdeal world substandard
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Friday confirmed that parts of the highway that the Cavite Ideal International Construction and Development Corp. (CAVDEAL) has constructed in Palawan are substandard.
DPWH Undersecretary Romeo Momo admitted that there are areas of the highway that CAVDEAL has constructed between the municipalities of Narra and Bataraza south of Palawan that need immediate repair.
Momo said that they have already ordered the construction firm to fix those areas without charging the government or face sanctions such as fines or ban from future government biddings.
The same official also said that DPWH is currently checking the quality of work of another highway that CAVDEAL is building between the towns of Taytay and El Nido in the south of the island.
DPWH sources said reports reaching the department claim that certain areas that are currently being constructed by CAVDEAL have shown inferior quality of work such as cracks that have started to show on the pavement and its surface uneven.
No wonder Palawenos want this company investigated for substandard work.
CAVDEAL is owned by a certain Lambert Lee, whose main office is located in Cavite.
Senate Public Works Committee member Nancy Binay promised to immediately look into the complaints of the Palawenos once the PDAF scam inquiry is over.