Friday, September 17, 2021

Nograles: House body awaits study on Negros-Panay bridge

DAVAO City First District Representative Karlo Nograles said the House committee on appropriations which he chairs is waiting for the result of the feasibility study for the proposed Negros-Panay bridge project.

Nograles, who visited Bacolod City Sunday, October 22, said in a press conference that a feasibility study is being conducted on the bridge that it is being studied by the National Economic and Development Authority.

“It would be a government to government project between the Philippines and China and maybe the Philippine government will have a counterpart fund,” the lawmaker said.

As present, Nograles said he is not yet certain if there is a budget appropriated for the project, which needs a bigger budget.

The lawmaker said that Congress plans to convene into a Constituent Assembly (Con Ass) on January 2018 for the proposed federal form of government.

He said they are still studying the possibility whether the House of Representatives will convene into a ConAss separate from the Senate or they will convene as one and do the constitutional amendments and form a parliament.

On his inclusion in the senatorial line-up of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) for the 2019 elections, Nograles said that he will abide by the President and the party's decision.

“We’re still undergoing the process of selection. I don’t know what happens during the filing of the certificate of candidacy. I said to the President I want to help his administration,” he added.

Nograles is the son of former House Speaker Prospero Nograles.
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