THE country’s local government units (LGUs) would do well to clear all public roads, including the sidewalks, of obstructions and other illegal structures as ordered by President Rodrigo R. Duterte.
With just 12 days before September 29, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) under Secretary Eduardo Año has not yet declared any LGU as being 100 percent fully compliant with the presidential directive.
The 60-day deadline for local government officials not only in the Metropolitan Manila (MM) area but throughout the country to comply with the President’s directive ends on this day, Sunday.
Those who fail to meet the deadline face reprimand, suspension or even dismissal from the government service.
Under the DILG Memorandum-Circular No. 121-2019, being fully compliant is not just about conducting road clearing operations in primary and secondary roads, said DILG spokesman Jonathan Malaya.
For LGUs to be declared as fully compliant, they should enact or revisit ordinances related to road clearing and banning of illegal construction and prepare an inventory of roads within their jurisdiction.
Likewise, they should cause the rehabilitation of all recovered public roads and sidewalks.
An LGU submits a progress report on a weekly basis to the DILG regional office, which consolidates and submits to the DILG Central Office, notably the Bureau of Local Government Supervision (BLGS).
Año has created teams, which are composed of officials from the DILG, PNP, Bureau of Fire Protection, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, and civil society, to validate the LGU reports.
Ang mahalaga ay maparusahan ang lahat ng mga lokal na opisyal na mabigong alisin ang mga obstruksyon sa mga lansangan at bangketa na nagpapabagal sa daloy ng trapiko sa buong bansa.