Duterte to abolish Road Board, Sugar Regulatory Board

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President Rodrigo Duterte at the inauguration of Solar Philippines' factory in Sto. Tomas, Batangas.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 9) — President Rodrigo Duterte will abolish at least two agencies as part of his campaign against corruption.

“When I go back next week, I will abolish 1 to 3 agencies. ‘Yung Road Board, they have to go. ‘Yung Sugar Regulatory Board, I will abolish it. Just place it in an office,” Duterte said at the closing ceremony of the 26th Mindanao Business Conference in Cagayan de Oro City.

The President did not name the third agency.

Duterte also took a swipe at an employee in one of the agencies for earning even more than the President himself.

“Biro mo, the guy. Meron siyang consultant, tatlo…ang bayad, P200,000 buwan-buwan. Mas malaki pa sa Presidente. I will abolish them, I will suggest to Congress na i-abolish na, pati ‘yung pera lahat, isauli mo sa Congress.,” he said.

[Translation: Imagine, the guy. He has three consultants…they are paide P200,000 monthly. That’s bigger than the President’s. I will abolish them, i will suggest to Congress to abolish them and to return the money to them.]

The President said abolishing some agencies is part of his campaign against corruption.

“‘Pag hindi mo na-control ang corruption sa gobyerno, walang mangyayari sa buhay na ‘to, kaya talagang hihiritan ko,” Duterte said.

[Translation: If you don’t control corruption in the government, nothing will happen with us, so I will make this move.]

President Cory Aquino created the Sugar Regulatory Administration in 1986. It was mandated to “promote the growth and development of the sugar industry through greater participation of the private sector and to improve the working conditions of the laborers.”

Republic Act 8794 established the Road Board. It manages the Road User’s Tax for road maintenance.