THE House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on third and final reading House Bill (HB) No. 7508 which creates a district engineering office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in the Second District of Southern Leyte province to be located in the Municipality of Sogod.
With an overwhelming 283 votes, the chamber approved the establishment of the Southern Leyte Second District Engineering Office which will serve the Municipalities of Anahawan, Hinunangan, Hinundayan, Libagon, Liloan, Pintuyan, St. Bernard, San Francisco, San Juan, San Ricardo, Silago, and Sogod.
“We hope that with the creation of this new engineering office, we can better serve the needs of our people in the Second District of Southern Leyte,” Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez said.
“We also hope that the implementation of various infrastructure projects in the area will be more efficient once the proposed legislation is signed into law,” he added.
Section 3 of HB 7508 tasks the Secretary of Public Works and Highways to include the operationalization of the Office in the Department’s program and the annual national budget.
Romualdez, along with TINGOG Reps. Yedda Marie Romualdez and Jude Acidre, House Committee on Public Works and Highways Chair Romeo Momo, Sr., House Appropriations Committee Chair Elizalde Co, and Reps. Christopherson Yap, Carl Cari, Ramon Jolo Revilla III, and Edwin Olivarez authored the bill.(END)