WELCOME TO ROAD BOARD
An efficient transportation system plays a vital role in the economic development of a country. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) estimates that the transportation sector contributes 5%-10% to a country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In the Philippines, road transportation dominates the mode of split transportation for both passenger and freight transportation. (UPNCTSFI, 2005)
The maintenance of the entire 32,135.073 kilometers of national roads traditionally fell on the budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), until the passage of Republic Act 8794 which created the Motor Vehicle User’s Charge (MVUC) in June 2000. The MVUC, operating under the user’s pay culture, exacted payment from all motor vehicle owners which were especially dedicated for the following: (1) road maintenance and the improvement of road drainage, (2) installation of adequate and efficient traffic lights and road safety devices, and (3) for air pollution control. (Section 7, RA 8794)
Our growing economy requires significant investments in transport infrastructure and services. Needless to say, maintaining our national road network lies at the center of transport sector development. The Philippine Development Plan (2011-2016) pegged spending for some 1,065 kilometers of paved national roads annually. For the year 2011, the Road Board funded the preventive maintenance of 1,379.60 kilometers and the routine maintenance of the entire national road network.
The Road Board welcomes the challenge of contributing to the over-all goal of attaining sustained and inclusive economic growth that massively creates jobs and reduce poverty through the maintenance of our national roads.