The Philippine Star

LGUs ad­vised: No letup on road clear­ing

- By ROM­INA CABR­ERA United States Department of the Interior · Philippines Department of the Interior and Local Government · Eduardo Año · Manila · Metro Manila

The Depart­ment of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG) has warned lo­cal gov­ern­ment units to sus­tain the gains in the two-month road clear­ing pro­gram or face sanc­tions if the sit­u­a­tion re­verts back to the old ways.

DILG spokesper­son Un­der­sec­re­tary Jonathan Malaya said the road clear­ing op­er­a­tions would now be a con­tin­u­ous gov­ern­ment pro­gram with a quar­terly val­i­da­tion to mon­i­tor com­pli­ance.

“So, our ad­vice to all LGUs is not to let their guard down, main­tain and sus­tain what they have ac­com­plished, con­tinue with their road clear­ing op­er­a­tions, oth­er­wise they will join the 97 LGUs that have been is­sued show cause or­ders by Sec­re­tary (Ed­uardo) Año,” Malaya said in a state­ment.

Last week, the DILG an­nounced that 97 may­ors might face sus­pen­sion and ad­min­is­tra­tive charges over their poor per­for­mance in clear­ing their roads and side­walks from ob­struc­tions. The re­gions that had the most num­ber of non-com­pli­ant LGUs were Re­gions 9, 10 and 7 with at least 43 non­per­form­ing LGUs.

They were is­sued show cause or­ders and re­quired to an­swer why they should not be charged be­fore the Of­fice of the Om­buds­man for fail­ing to com­ply with a DILG di­rec­tive.

Even given this, the ad­min­is­tra­tion de­scribed the pro­gram as a suc­cess cit­ing over 6,800 roads (75 per­cent of to­tal roads in the coun­try) that were cleared.

In Metro Manila alone, all LGUs were able to com­ply with the memo based on Pres­i­dent Duterte’s di­rec­tive dur­ing his fourth State of the Na­tion Ad­dress (SONA) to re­claim pub­lic roads from pri­vate use.

Malaya said the Pres­i­dent was “very sat­is­fied” with the suc­cess of the pro­gram that gar­nered ap­plause dur­ing the Cabi­net meet­ing.

“The Pres­i­dent con­grat­u­lated the DILG and all LGUs who ac­tively par­tic­i­pated in the road clear­ing op­er­a­tions and di­rected Sec­re­tary Año to con­tinue with the pro­gram un­til the end of his term,” he added.

The DILG is part­ner­ing with other agen­cies to help clear roads and side­walks from ob­struc­tions.

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