NAGA CITY, Aug 21 (PIA) - President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's road-clearing directive has gained the support, not just of the local government units all over the country, but also from local constituents who believe that there is no appropriate time but now to finally impose strict compliance to get rid of road obstructions, either for ease of movement or to address traffic congestion.
Thus, the directive is not only meant for the greater Metro Manila area but also applies to all provinces, municipalities, down to the barangay level. This is not only to decongest the streets but also to "reclaim public roads which are being used for private ends."
In the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Memorandum Circular No. 2019-121 issued by Sec. Eduardo M. Ano, non-compliant and negligent provincial governors, Local Chief Executives, Punong Barangays and all other concerned, will be meted with the "appropriate administrative cases."
On July 22 during Pres. Duterte's 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA), he directed public officials to exercise their full authority to get rid of illegal structures and constructions, particularly along public roads and streets which are mostly used as "extensions" of makeshift sari-sari stores and similar enterprises.
City Government of Naga takes pro active move
Pursuant to PRRD and DILG's directive, Naga City Mayor Nelson Legacion immediately issued an Executive Order creating a Road Clearing Task Force composed of members of Public Safety Office (PSO), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Highway Patrol Group (HPG), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Metro Naga Water District (MNWD), CASURECO II, Naga City Police Office (NCPO) and other government agencies.
Prior to the clearing operations, Legacion met up with the owners of various business establishments, individuals and sidewalk vendors who will be affected by the massive clean-up and made them understand the reasons behind the city's move to clear road blocks and obstacles, particularly in the 14 target areas identified by the city.
PSO Executive Officer Rene Gumba was tasked to head the task force
Also aligned with the DILG directive, Legacion also ordered Market Enterprise and Promotions Office (MEPO) Chief Ramon Florendo to designate a place for those who will be displaced by the clearing operations. Florendo accommodated almost 100 vendors at the riverside area, 2nd and 3rd floor of the the Naga City Peoples' Mall where they can sell their produce, other wares and products.
Legacion thanked the residents and owners of structures which will be affected by the clearing for their utmost cooperation, especially after finding out that most of them already voluntarily removed the obstruction before the city dispatched the Road Clearing Task Force.
The operation started Aug. 15 and will continue until the 60-day compliance period.
Capital town of Pili Dad sets directives to clear "eyesores" and obstructions
Pili Mayor Tomas Bongalonta issued Memorandum Order No. 016 series of 2019 addressed to all LGU Department Heads, including Punong Barangays to take an active part in ensuring that President Duterte's directive will be successfully implemented in areas specified under the DILG memorandum.
He directed all the heads of offices of PNP Municipal Police Station (MPS), BFP, PSO, Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO), Economic Enterprise Office (EEO), Municipal Engineering Office (MEO), Punong Barangays particularly along the business district areas and all other attached agencies to facilitate clearing of road obstructions, illegal fixtures along road right of way, and make shift stores that hamper the smooth flow of traffic and human movement.
Pili Market site prior to the clearing operations by LGU Pili Economic Enterprise Office Chief Bernard Estadilla, per local directive of Pili Town Mayor Tomas P. Bongalonta. (photo courtesy of EEO)
EEO Chief Bernard Estadilla headed the clearing operations in the market on Aug. 12 and has ensured a "clutter and obstruction-free" path for regular market customers for the past days. He enjoined everyone, particularly stall owners and vendors, to cooperate in the said endeavor.
Bongalonta reminded the concerned agencies and public officials that non-compliance of the said directive could mean an administrative offense.
The DILG on the other hand, explicitly explained in its memorandum that those cited in the memorandum shall also submit a weekly progress report to the respective DILG offices to ensure that the said directive is being strictly implemented.
In the same line, DILG also reiterated the memo's provisions on the inventory of road networks which shall be part of the duties of the local chief executives. This is to check whether there is a need to amend ordinances regarding illegal structures which are located in the "no obstruction zone" areas. (LSMacatangay-PIAV/Camarines Sur)