IN NUMBERS: How local governments fare halfway DILG-ordered road clearing

Loreben Tuquero

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IN NUMBERS: How local governments fare halfway DILG-ordered road clearing
Secretary Eduardo Año says more than half of LGUs nationwide have not conducted road clearing operations. They have until September 29 to do so.

MANILA, Philippines – A little past the halfway mark of the 60-day period for the nationwide road clearing operations, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) hailed Metro Manila as the top-performing region.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said on Tuesday, September 3, he was satisfied with the performance of Metro Manila mayors. All 17 local government units (LGUs) were compliant with the directive to complete road inventories and conducting clearing operations.

Following President Rodrigo Duterte’s order during his 2019 State of the Nation Address, the department issued a directive last July 29 for LGUs across the country to reclaim public roads to address the worsening traffic situation, especially in the National Capital Region.

Here are the highlights of DILG’s report in numbers.

Cleared obstructions in Metro Manila

139,959 meters of roads cleared
52,831 meters of sidewalks cleared

A week ago, Metro Manila mayors reported their progress to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, with a few of them already having 100% completion rates for clearing major and secondary roads as well as Mabuhay lanes.

Some mayors faced complex decisions in clearing obstructions, such as returning obstructions and structures with historical significance. (READ: NCR mayors tackle challenges halfway through 60-day road clearing)

LGU compliance rates by region

100% in Metro Manila
77.5% in Cagayan Valley
62.3% in Central Luzon
58.3% in Central Visayas
53.5% in Calabarzon
52.6% in Western Visayas

Next to Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon are the regions most compliant with the road clearing directive so far.

As the September 29 deadline to complete road clearing operations nears, Año said the department will be on the look out for LGUs with “red flags” or those who are still far from completing the mandate.

He said 43.3% or less than half of all LGUs nationwide have conducted road clearing operations.


1,444 vendors 
1,292 illegally parked vehicles
813 miscellaneous obstructions (booths, monoblocks, etc.)
49 terminals

Metro Manila mayors are addressing cases of displacement in their city through utilizing idle lands and unused government buildings. They have relocated vendors to available spaces in public markets, and have come up with creative solutions, such as a free terminal in a mall parking lot

During the Tuesday press conference on the midway assessment, Año urged local officials to implement rehabilitation programs for those displaced by the clearing operations to allow them to legally continue their business. 

Local ordinances related to road clearing


707 or 43.3% conducted road clearing operations
397 enacted or revisited their local ordinances relevant to clearing and banning obstructions
983 completed road inventories
668 have displacement strategies for affected citizens
609 have rehabilitation efforts for recovered public roads
  • The memorandum circular issued in July specifically ordered local government officials to:
  • Reclaim public roads and rid them of illegal structures.
  • Rehabilitate recovered public roads, for example by placing street names and street lights.
  • Develop and implement strategies to address displacement. 

While 1,444 illegal vendors have been displaced by operations, it remains to be seen how many of them belong to LGUs which have put in place strategies to relocate them. 

The memo also stated that local councils are to revisit ordinances to ensure responsiveness and consistency with the presidential directive. Provinces, highly-urbanized cities, other cities, and municipalities must also provide an inventory of all roads within their jurisdiction. –

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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.