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DILG compels local officials to demolish road obstructions

THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Provincial Director urges the governor and mayors all over the province to demolish illegal structures in all public roads.

Lawyer Ferdinand Panes, DILG provincial director said Monday, August 5, that DILG provincial offices are required to submit weekly reports of the status of implementation of the directive of Sec. Eduardo Año to clear all public roads of illegal structures and constructions.

He said they will submit their first report on Friday August 9.

"We expect our mayors and governor to already start the implementation of the directive," Panes said.

Año issued 2019-121 dated July 29, 2019 addressed to all "governors, city and municipal mayors and punong barangays, head of Sanggunians, DILG regional directors, BARMM regional governor" in compliance of the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte during his 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA) to clear public roads.

Panes said the order compels local government officials to comply with the directive to clear all roads of all obstructions.

"The order is consistent with existing laws. Some local officials in other areas have already started complying," he said.

Panes pointed out that "anything that obstruct the flow of traffic is subject for demolition."

There will be regular reports from our field offices to ensure compliance which will be sent to the national office, he said.

"I would like to remind our mayors to abide by the order of the secretary based on pronouncement of the President. There will be sanctions for non- compliance," Panes said.


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