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Clear roads, LGUs told

THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) called on all local government units (LGUs) to resume road clearing operations 2.0 (RCO 2.0) in their respective areas and expedite implementation reminding them that the 60-day deadline ends on January 15.

“Now that the holidays are over, we expect all LGUs to pick up where they left off in their road clearing operations. They were supposed to start November 16 last year up to January 15,” said DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya.

He stressed that while the deadline ends on January 15, the road clearing operation is a year-round activity that requires sustained effort and implementation.

“Balik trabaho na naman po tayo kaya kailangan nating seryosohin ang road clearing para sa mas maluwag na lansangan at para na rin sa kapakanan nating lahat,” he said.

According to the DILG Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 2020-145, those areas under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) should fully implement the RCO 2.0 by January 15, which means the implementation of all components of road clearing.

The circular also states that full implementation includes the removal of road and sidewalk obstructions, conduct of road inventories, physical removal of road obstructions without prejudice to the property rights of the affected stakeholders, crafting and implementation of displacement plans, rehabilitation, and maintenance of cleared roads, and creation of a grievance mechanism.

LGUs under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) are expected to do a partial implementation of the RCO 2.0, which is limited to the actual or physical removal or abatement of road and sidewalk obstructions that are considered hazardous to motorists and pedestrians.

These include unauthorized parked vehicles, illegal structures, nuisances, and any other structures erected along or standing on, made immovable or otherwise, that impede safe and convenient passage through public road or sidewalk.