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IN NUMBERS: How regions scored in the road clearing operations

Loreben Tuquero
IN NUMBERS: How regions scored in the road clearing operations

A quarter of towns in the Zamboanga Peninsula fail to comply with the directive, while NCR maintains its high compliance rate

MANILA, Philippines – In their first 100 days in office, mayors across the country have been hard put to comply with the directive to clear primary and secondary roads in their areas of all obstructions.

The directive was given by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), after President Rodrigo Duterte urged local government officials to reclaim public roads as a solution to traffic.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año then gave mayors 60 days  to comply. If they failed to clear public roads without a valid a reason, they could be suspended for negligence and dereliction of duty.

Halfway through the 60-day period.  Metro Manila  was the top-performing region. The National Capital Region maintained its pace till the end with all the local government units (LGUs) complying with the directive.

Other regions were not as lucky though. After validating the efforts of all LGUs nationwide, the DILG is set to file show cause orders to 97 mayors for failing to clear their main thoroughfares.

How did each region score in the DILG’s evaluations?


The DILG said that over 300 LGUs have yet to be evaluated. For one, the entire Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has yet to be validated. Most of the LGUs in the Calabarzon area are still being validated as well.


High compliance indicates that 91-100% of roads were cleared.

In the National Capital Region, 12 out of 17 LGUs achieved a high compliance rate, while 4 scored a medium compliance rate. Only the city of Taguig managed a low compliance rate, which would be reevaluated since its efforts were acknowledged by the DILG.

While 29% of the LGUs in Western Visayas scored a high compliance rate, 53% of them scored a medium compliance rate. 


According to the DILG, a total of 328 mayors nationwide scored a high compliance rate.


A failing score means only 70% or lower percentage of roads were cleared. In Zamboanga Peninsula, 18 mayors are set to receive show-cause orders.


Efforts after the directive will now shift to maintaining its gains. The DILG has mandated LGUs to continue their road-clearing operations and these would be validated quarterly. –

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Loreben Tuquero

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.