CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, Nov. 15 (PIA) -- The barangay is now the primary unit responsible for the maintenance and sustainability of cleared roads after the initial September 29, 2019 deadline of the presidential directive to clear roads from illegal structures and obstructions.
Engr. Max Mayer Adong, provincial director of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), informed that Memorandum Circular No. 2019-167 issued by DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano provides for the transfer of responsibility to the barangays the task to watch from illegal occupant roads under their jurisdiction.
Local government units are required to continue clearing roads from illegal structures and obstructions and to sustain the gains from the first 60-day clearing operations.
"All LCEs (local chief executives) are directed to ensure the continuity of the undertaking by institutionalizing sustainability mechanisms for the maintenance of road clearing operations as well as transition livelihood plans and programs for those affected," Adong said
LGU compliance to the directive shall be monitored, he added.
Meanwhile, as a means to sustain the gains achieved in the road clearing activities, Ano issued MC No. 2019-181 - the Disiplina Muna national advocacy campaign for a culture of discipline.
"It aims to activate the real concept of governance where the citizenry is aware of their roles and responsibilities and is practicing active citizen participation in nation-building as a Filipino people where sovereignty resides and from all government authority emanates from."
It also aims to promote the culture of discipline among Filipinos as a means of fostering people's participation which is one of the tenets of good governance. It shall increase the consciousness among the people of their critical role and responsibility in sustainable development and maintenance of peace and order as a shared responsibility.
Aside from road clearing, the other pillars of this campaign are disaster preparedness and resiliency, Anti-smoking, ease of doing business, liquor ban, tourist spot clean-up, and functional barangay anti-drug abuse council.
The primary targets of the Disiplina Muna campaign are the youth who are the next leaders and the yuppies or young professionals. (JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)