Road-clearing thrust ‘generally successful’

October 11, 2019

INTERIOR Secretary Eduardo Año yesterday described the road clearing “mission” of President Duterte through the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) as “generally successful” as only 97 out of the 1,245 LGUs all over the country have been found to be non-compliant.

“I want to express my happiness for the commitment and active participation by LGUs across the country towards this campaign. Sa kabila ng mga balakid at pagsubok na kanilang dinaanan, masasabi ko pong malaking bahagdan o porsyento ng mga pamahalaang lokal sa bansa ang nakiisa sa ating layunin. Salamat po sa inyo!” Año said.

Metro Manila’s high compliants are Manila, Caloocan, Las Piñas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Navotas, Parañaque, Pasay, Valenzuela, Pateros, and San Juan. 

On the other hand, the cities of Muntinlupa, Pasig and Quezon City got a medium compliance rating, while Taguig City received a low compliance rating.

Validation reports reaching the DILG chief’s office showed that in Metro Manila, a total of 612 roads have been cleared and are now passable and can be used by the public.

“Nakakatuwa kasi, all of them were quick to enact or revise ordinances and conduct an inventory of roads to be cleared while registering an almost flawless performance in other indicators,” he said.

After the 60-day period given to each LGU, the DILG immediately sent validation teams to check whether local officials have complied with the directive.

Año said that the compliance rate among Metro Manila LGUs is a great platform for other traffic management initiatives that call for LGU-participation and a huge contribution in the efforts of the government to alleviate the traffic problem in the Metropolis.

“We all know that it would take more efforts to really improve the traffic situation in our country but this is a good start for the government. All major streets leading to major thoroughfares are now cleared, malaking bagay po ito,” he said.

Año however, said that despite the significant success in the road clearing effort, the government must also be strict against those non-compliants with the imposition of corresponding sanctions.

Of the 97 LGUs, 11 are from Region I, one each from Region II and III, seven from MIMAROPA, ten from Region V, one from Region VI, 12 from Region VII, nine from Region VIII, 18 from Region IX, 13 from Region X, three each from Region XI and XII, and four each from XIII and CAR.

Año said that the 97 non-compliant LGUs are given five days from receipt of the show cause orders to explain their non-compliance, otherwise the DILG will have no recourse but to submit their names to the President and file the necessary complaints with the Office of the Ombudsman.

Among the highly compliant regions are Regions II, III, VI, XII and CAR.