DILG: No determination yet on which LGUs are fully compliant with order to clear roads

(Eagle News)–The Department of the Interior and Local Government has yet to determine which local government units are fully compliant with the order to clear all roads of obstructions.

Interior spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said the deadline for the clearing, after all, is Sept. 29, based on  Interior Secretary Eduardo Año’s Memorandum Circular No. 2019-121 issued on July 29.

Año issued the memorandum  in compliance with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to clear public roads  in his fourth State of the Nation Address.

According to Malaya, apart from clearing the roads, LGUs should have been able to do the following to be declared fully compliant with Año’s memorandum:

  • Enact or revisit ordinances related to road clearing and banning of illegal construction;
  • Prepare an inventory of roads within their jurisdiction;
  • Develop and implement displacement strategies; and
  • Cause the rehabilitation of recovered public roads

Malaya added Año has ordered the creation of validation teams to check on the compliance of the accomplishments of LGUs in the implementation of the memorandum circular.