Only Taguig in Metro Manila gets low grade in Duterte road clearing order

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Only Taguig City in Metro Manila had a low grade in complying with President Rodrigo Duterte's order to clear roads of obstruction, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) reported on Friday, October 11.

In a press briefing in their headquarters, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año announced that 12 mayors got high compliance, 4 had medium compliance, and only Taguig had a low compliance score.

This means that out of all its primary and secondary roads, it failed to clear at least 80% of these. (READ: 97 mayors fail to meet Duterte's road clearing deadline)

Taguig gets a second chance: In an ambush interview after the briefing, DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said Taguig will get a "second chance" to improve its grade, after Año ordered a team to go back and check Taguig's roads again even after the deadline had lapsed.

"The Secretary ordered that we revalidate, because we saw the effort of Taguig. We saw that they had a traffic summit and that they did something... So we are sending a new team to revalidate the result," Malaya told reporters.

Taguig vows to work harder: In a statement sent to Rappler, Taguig City Mayor Lino Cayetano said he was "confident about what has been achieved so far, but determined to work harder on accomplishing the city’s mobility plan." 

Cayetano stressed that he created a Mobility Office and a Mobility Task Force to comply with Duterte's order. He added that the Taguig City Council passed an ordinance that promoted mobility in the city. 

"The clearing of Taguig roads will continue beyond the 60 days because we are serious with the goal of creating pedestrian-centered communities, where residents and visitors can walk from one destination to another safer and faster," Cayetano said.

How Metro Manila fared: Here is the list of Metro Manila local government's grades:

High compliance

Medium Compliance

– Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers security, crime, and the city of Manila for Rappler. He was chosen as a Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

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