EVEN after the 60-day period set by the national government, the clearing of road obstructions and illegal structures in Quezon City will be sustained.
This was the assurance of QC Mayor Joy Belmonte as she ordered the transfer of the offices of Barangay Damayang Lagi to its temporary shelter inside two 40-foot container vans on a vacant lot owned by the Department of Finance.
Belmonte on Friday joined Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año in tearing down the barangay hall of Damayang Lagi which was encroaching the sidewalks of La Felonila Street and E. Rodriguez Avenue.
The “demolition team” proceeded to A. Bonifacio and Cloverleaf Bridge in Balintawak to dismantle a traffic police station also found obstructing traffic.
Belmonte said the city has deputized the barangays to ensure that the city’s streets are free of any obstructions.
She required barangay officials to report their accomplishments every week.
“Hindi maiiwasan ‘yung kinagawian na pinaalis tapos akala nila hindi seryoso ang pamahalaan, babalik na naman sila. We have to show them that we are sustainable,” the lady mayor said.
The QC government has also deputized barangay public safety officers to issue citation tickets to violators.
Not only that, the city also got the services of towing companies and has purchased wheel clamps to be used in anti-illegal parking operations.
On dealing with illegal vendors, Mayor Belmonte said that they will relocate hawkers to public markets.
The city will also develop vending sites for vendors affected by the clearing operations.