Once upon a time, there were no barangays and the local government units (LGUs) were not devolved from the national government. There were no internal revenue allotments (IRAs) to speak of and the LGUs had very limited powers of taxation (to raise revenues).
This is in reference to the letter titled “No action from Road Board after a year” (Opinion, 6/7/13) sent by Pedro Refuerzo Jr.
You know it is election season in the Philippines when “road repairs” suddenly sprout along thoroughfares that do not really need them. While the corruption this symbolizes is usually anecdotal and hard to prove in court, the nuisance they cause is very real. This is especially true when the “improvement/concreting” is done haphazardly on the one and only access road of a mixed-use neighborhood.
By Neal H. Cruz
Why does the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) want to tear up streets still in good condition while leaving badly damaged streets unrepaired? The “concrete reblocking” of portions of Edsa never stops while roads in the provinces badly needed to bring produce to the markets are neglected.