MANILA – With some local government units (LGUs) failing to comply with the order to clear roads within 60 days, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is set to implement another 75-day nationwide road clearing operation.
“We will launch another one kasi marami pang kalsada na kailangan pang ayusin,” DILG undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said. “Another 75 days of road clearing and we will identify ‘yung mga kalsada na kailangang linisin ng mga LGUs.”
The DILG earlier disclosed that 97 out of over 1,600 local governments failed to comply with the 60-day road clearing operations.
“The 60-day program was only focused on the major roads and secondary roads, so nakita naman natin na nagsumikap ‘yung mga LGUs. But some did not, so ‘yung mga yun, naissue-han na namin ng show cause order,” Malaya said.
On July 29, 2019, the DILG issued Memorandum Circular 2019-121 directing all governors, mayors, and “punong barangays’’ to exercise their powers essential to reclaim public roads, rid them of illegal structures and constructions, rehabilitate them by placing street names and street lights, and carry out strategies to address possible displacement issues.”
The DILG came up with the memorandum after President Rodrigo Duterte said during his State of the Nation Address last July to clear the major roads from public obstructions./PN