THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will deploy its evaluation team in Bacolod City to validate the villages’ accomplishment reports on the demolition of illegal structures within their areas of jurisdiction.
The village officials were earlier given a deadline until today to submit their accomplishment reports on the demolition of illegal structures within their areas of jurisdiction in compliance with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to rid public streets of obstruction to facilitate the orderly use of thoroughfares.
Ma. Joy Marideth Madayag, DILG-Bacolod director, said the evaluation team will conduct a surprise inspection to validate the reports submitted by the barangay officials.
“The team will determine if the barangay really implemented the order to demolish the illegal structures within their barangay,” he said.
As of September 25, around 14 barangays in Bacolod were able to demolish 100 percent of the illegal structures within their areas of jurisdiction.
These are Barangays 8, 9, 10, 18, 22, 23, 24, 30, 37, Montevista, Felisa, Mandalagan, Villamote, and Vista Alegre.
The barangay reports were submitted to Mayor Evelio Leonardia, the mayor then will forward it to the DILG for validation.
The demolition of illegal structures is pursuant to DILG Memorandum Circular 2019-121, dated July 29, 2019, directing local government officials, from the mayors down to barangay captains, to implement the clearing of roads.
The memorandum stated that within 60 calendar days, significant results must be achieved, documented, and reported together with the efforts of the LGUs to sustain the same.
Leonardia earlier said about 80 percent of illegal structures in Bacolod City have already been demolished.
“It’s our expectation that it is going to be the DILG, which should give us the result of their investigation or observations and correspondingly also recommend the action on the part of the DILG as the supervisory and disciplinary body that governing the local government units (LGUs) all over the country,” he said. (MAP)