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Makati, 6 other LGUs comply with road-clearing directive

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Seven local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila were found to be 100-percent compliant with the campaign to clear roads of obstructions, ahead of the 60-day deadline imposed by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

In a report dated Sept. 4 submitted to DILG Regional Director Maria Lourdes Agustin, Lea Evangelista, Local Government Operations Officer of the DILG-NCR, said a total of 52,113 meters of roads and sidewalks were cleared in Makati.

Aside from Makati, the cities of Marikina, Malabon, Navotas, Pasay, San Juan, Valenzuela and municipality of Pateros were earlier declared by DILG as fully compliant with the campaign.

A total length of 26,621 meters of roads and 25,492 meters of sidewalk were cleared by the city's Public Safety Department, Department of Environmental Services, Department of Engineering and Public Works, Economic Enterprise Management Office, Makati Action Center and Makati Veterinary Services Office through joint and separate clearing operations, in coordination with the Makati Police Department.

The team also removed 1,031 illegally parked vehicles, 111 illegal vendors, and 13 other obstructions.

Makati Mayor Abigail Binay said she was pleased with the positive DILG report, which gave credit to the efforts of the city government to promote safe and walkable streets in the city.

“We are heartened by the DILG-NCR’s report showing we have fully complied with its directive. As early as 2017, we had started to conduct road clearing operations on a daily basis, which gave us a good headstart,” Binay said in a statement on Thursday.

The lady mayor said the main objective of the campaign was to promote safety and mobility in the city for the benefit of residents as well as for all who work, do business, and/or spend their leisure time in the city.

She also acknowledged the contributions of various city government offices to the success of the intensified campaign against obstructions on roads and sidewalks throughout the city.

“It was not an easy task, but with the concerted efforts of our departments and offices and our strong collaboration with concerned national agencies, we were able to clear all kinds of obstructions, including sidewalk vendors and illegally parked vehicles, to make our streets safe and walkable at all times,” Binay said.

She also urged barangay officials to do their part in ensuring that the roads and sidewalks are free from any obstruction, pointing out that the DILG-Makati is closely monitoring the compliance of barangay captains with the directive.

City Ordinance No. 93-330 prohibits the parking of motor vehicles and installation of business stalls or similar objects which restrict, impede, or obstruct the free flow of pedestrian traffic on the sidewalks of all streets in Makati.

Under the ordinance, all business stalls and other similar objects found on or along sidewalks of all roads and streets shall be penalized. On first offense, a notice of warning will be served to the owner or operator to remove their stalls within two days. On second offense, a grace period of two days is given for the removal of the stall, after which the city government has the authority to demolish and confiscate the said stalls.

Meanwhile, illegally parked vehicles will be towed and impounded, and will only be released to the driver, owner, or operator upon the payment of the towage fee and penalties as provided by the city traffic code.

Apprehended motorists may redeem their driver’s license at the 7th floor of the Makati City Hall Building II, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily on weekdays.

Based on the latest compliance report submitted to the DILG’s Bureau of Local Government Supervision (BLGS), all road clearing operations are going smoothly in all 17 local government units in Metro Manila in compliance with DILG Memorandum Circular 2019-121 issued on July 29 that had set the 60-day deadline for LGUs.

According to the BLGS report, as of Sept. 2, 13 LGUs have ordinances on road clearing operations, while four LGUs -- Makati City, Malabon City, San Juan City, and Pateros -- issued Executive Orders and established task forces to carry out the road clearing operations.

All LGUs in the metropolis have also completed an inventory of roads and conducted road clearing operations.

Most common obstructions cleared in Metro Manila include illegally-parked vehicles, sidewalk vendors, street dwellers, and barangay outposts, among others.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said the clearing operations have also resulted in the dismantling of 1,444 illegal vendors, 49 illegal terminals, 1,292 illegally parked vehicles and 813 other obstructions.

In other LGUs nationwide, 43.3 percent have reportedly been cleared.

Aside from conducting road clearing operations, the DILG also ordered the amendment or revisiting of local ordinances related in clearing all road blockings, to prepare an inventory of roads within their jurisdiction, to develop and implement displacement strategies and cause the rehabilitation of recovered public roads.

Año warned that the sanctions on local government officials, who are unable to comply with the order of the President, would range from a reprimand, suspension, to dismissal from the service.

He also said that all road clearing operations in the country apply to all, regardless of political affiliation and that illegally constructed structures on government lots will be dismantled whether they are government or private entities.

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