60-day countdown for mayors to clear roads begins

Rambo Talabong
60-day countdown for mayors to clear roads begins
If mayors fail to do so, they will face administrative complaints

MANILA, Philippines – The 60-day countdown for mayors nationwide to clear roads of illegal structures and illegally obstructing activities began on Monday, July 29.

Department of the Interior and Local Governemnt (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año announced the development in a press briefing the same day at the DILG headquarters in Quezon City.

“All local officials are enjoined to exercise their powers essential to reclaim public roads which are being used for private ends and in the process, rid them of illegal structures and construction,” Año said in his order.

He added: “Within 60 calendar days, significant results must be achieved, documented, and reported together with the efforts of the lgus to sustain the same.”

The DILG order sprung from President Rodrigo Duterte ordering local chief executives nationwide to reclaim public roads which have been used for private purposes. (READ: Duterte’s Metro Manila traffic solution? Reclaim public roads)

Año said “significant results” will be measured in the clearance of roads, with the priority for high-traffic roads.

If mayors fail to do so, Año warned them of administrative complaints, using the Local Government Code. – Rappler.com

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.