MANILA, Philippines – Local government units (LGUs) will be clearing illegal road obstructions, a campaign that will now target local roads and place greater responsibility on barangay captains.
The second iteration of the road-clearing campaign directed by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will last for 75 days. Apart from the mayors, barangay captains will also be assessed for their performance.
The campaign started on Monday, February 17, and will end on May 2. (READ: DILG says road clearing program to continue)
After the validation period, the DILG revealed that 97 mayors nationwide failed to comply with the directive. However, only 10 of them were charged with administrative cases.
According to the DILG, a number of 6,682 primary and secondary roads nationwide were cleared of obstructions during the first round of the campaign.
One new thing: Local government units are now required to establish a physical or electronic grievance mechanism where citizens may report unremoved obstructions, provide suggestions, or raise implementation concerns.
In a press briefing on Monday, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said that social media was a big help in identifying obstructions.
Illegal obstructions: The DILG defined 11 types of road obstructions in its memorandum circular. These include the following:
Moreover, trees that are found to be encroaching or are hazardous may be pruned or removed, following the guidelines of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Public utility structures or facilities that are obstructions will be removed or relocated by LGUs in coordination with the concerned utility company. The same will be done for obstructions caused by projects implemented by national government agencies. – Rappler.com
Loreben Tuquero is a researcher-writer for Rappler. Before transferring to Rappler's Research team, she covered transportation, Quezon City, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government as a reporter. She graduated with a communication degree from the Ateneo de Manila University.