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The Marikina City government has committed to sustain its drive to clear streets from all kinds of obstructions.

"We would like to thank Sec. Año, of the DILG, for lauding Marikina City's efforts in striving for order within Metro Manila. We have been ready since day zero, even before the President's mandate to clean the streets of Metro Manila. With our properly trained personnel, appropriate equipment, signages, and good infrastructure, we now give more attention to the institutionalization of our existing program," Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro said in a message to the Philippine News Agency.

"This is our contribution to national development, that we can boldly and proudly say that Marikina's main roads and thoroughfares are hassle- and hazard- free,” he said.

The mayor said a consistent and fair implementation of ordinances is essential in inculcating discipline among residents.

"We should be able to teach our children, the younger generations that it is up to them to continue the discipline we are inculcating now. We owe this to our constituents, to the people who placed their trust in us to lead our respective cities,” the mayor said.

“We hope that Marikina City's example would encourage other cities to push for discipline and right conduct in using public streets and public property. It should be emphasized that a clean and orderly environment leads to social transformation shaping peaceful, secure and balanced communities, eventually contributing to the further economic development of the city,” he stressed.

In a press briefing on Tuesday, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año cited the best practices of some LGUs, particularly Marikina City and Valenzuela City, which both strengthened the implementation of the ordinances on road clearing operations - as well as the coordination with the barangay officials who serve as their front-liner.

“In Marikina City, for example, obstructions are largely absent and the clearing of roads has been deemed as a non-issue due to the strict implementation of city ordinances regulating the use of sidewalks and roads. The city, then, focuses on area cleaning usually done through communities and barangays,” he told reporters.

He said that road clearing has been institutionalized in Marikina through the regular provision of resources to the assigned task force and the inculcation of values to communities and students.

“Marikina’s experience reveals how effective the Memorandum can be in reclaiming roads and public areas once fully adopted and sustained by the LGU,” said Año.

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.

Aside from Marikina, the Interior Secretary said among the LGUs in Metro Manila that have complied with the order are the cities of Malabon, Navotas, Pasay, San Juan, Valenzuela and municipality of Pateros.

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 of roads have reportedly been cleared. 

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