LUCENA CITY — Mayor Roderick “Dondon” Alcala vowed to keep on clearing the streets despite the end of the 60-day deadline by the Department of the Interior and Local Government for local government units to clear roads and streets of obstructions.
Alcala led the whole day inspection of the city roads and streets being cleared of obstacles such as basketball courts, stores, carwash and vulcanizing shops and extension of commercial and residential structures.
As of Sunday, the mayor said they were 80% to 90% complete of clearing the roads, with the help of the City Engineering Office under engineering Ronnie Tolentino and the Traffic Management Division under retired Capt. Jaime de Mesa.
“We did everything in compliance with the order of President Rodrigo Duterte and Secretary Eduardo Año but we were not able to make it 100% due to some unavoidable reasons, including legal impediments that hindered our continuous operation,” said Alcala.
He mentioned the case of a “talipapa” or temporary market in Bgy. Ibabang Dupay, where the demolition team was told by occupants that they have secured a Temporary Restraining Order from the court.
“So, we temporarily halted the clearing operation as I ordered our legal team to do necessary action,” the mayor said.
Alcala said there were incidents where some personnel of the Traffic Management Division were charged for doing their job.
He said they will continue with the clearing operations to reclaim the streets as ordered by the President.
The mayor hailed the cooperation by the barangay officials, business establishment owners and the majority of the city residents in the enforcement of the President’s directive.