Four Senators reprimanded officials of the National Electrification Agency (NEA) for the lack of concrete plans and better coordination to remove electric posts in the middle of widened roads in Metro Manila and other parts of the country.
During the Senate Finance Committee hearing on the budget of NEA for 2021, Senate minority leader Franklin Drilon, along with Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, who led the hearing, and Senators Nancy Binay and Imee Marcos, questioned the lack of concrete plans and better coordination to remove electric posts that are standing right in the middle of the roads obstructing traffic and posing safety risk to commuters.
Drilon even threatened NEA Administrator Edgardo Masongsong for the deferment of the agency’s P1.81 billion budget for 2021 if it fails to submit a concrete plan and action to remedy the situation.
“This is a matter of public concern – a matter of safety and better use of public funds- because billions are poured into the widening of our road networks and, yet, these are wasted because there is no effort to remove these public hazards, ” Drilon said.
He also added, “The attention you have given to this issue is not sufficient. You are not doing enough to solve this problem that poses great inconvenience and endangers the safety of motorists. This is a cause of headache and frustration. Sa gabi po maaksidente ka dahil mababangga mo itong mga poste na ito. Ginagawa rin lang na parking lots ang mga bagong kalsada dahil sa nakaharang na mga poste, sayang ang pera.”
The NEA said at least P4 billion is needed to remove these existing electric posts in widened roads but only P400 million has been allocated for next year. At that rate, Drilon said it will take 10 years for NEA to be able to solve the issue.