THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has given Bacolod City an 87 percent on its accomplishment on road clearing operations.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia said Thursday, October 3, that he already received the Local Government Unit (LGU) Compliance Assessment and Validation Form from the DILG-Iloilo City led by its director, Roy Defino.
The validating team, which comprised of representatives from DILG-Iloilo, Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP,) and civil society organizations, validated the reports of Bacolod City from October 2 and 3 in compliance with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to rid public streets of obstructions to facilitate the orderly use of thoroughfares.
“We thank our barangay captains and officials who worked so hard with the DILG, PNP, and city officials and other to achieve this difficult and sensitive task. We also appeal to those affected for their understanding and cooperation to comply with the President’s directive to clear roads and alleys from obstruction,” Leonardia said.
Defino said that some of the barangays in Bacolod have submitted reports that they were able to demolish 100 percent of the illegal structures within their areas of jurisdiction.
“Based on their reports, they were able to demolish 100 percent of the illegal structures within their barangays. But based on our inspection, there are still illegal structures that were not demolished,” he said.
He added the City Government should also validate the accomplishment of the barangays.
“So how can they say that they already demolished it 100 percent?” Defino asked.
On September 30 and October 1, the personnel of DILG-Bacolod led by its director Joy Maredith Madayag also validated the accomplishment of Iloilo City on road clearing operations.
Defino said DILG has provided a rating form where the passing rate on the demolition of illegal structures is 70 percent.
The actual road clearing or demolition of illegal structures will be scored of 50 points where Bacolod got 45 points.
Bacolod got a perfect score of 15 points on the implementation of the local ordinance or banning the illegal structures. Of 15 points on the rehabilitation, the city got 10 points. In displacement plan, it got a perfect score of 10 points. In inventory of road obstruction, Bacolod only got two points out of five points. And in grievance mechanism, the city got a perfect score of five points.
“Our regional director earlier announced that the passing rate is 70 percent. And if the local government unit (LGU) will get below 70 percent, then the DILG will issue show cause order, reprimand or sanction the LGUs,” Defino said.
He said the LGUs should sustain the demolition of illegal structures including trees, electrical posts, and telecommunication wires or posts to avoid penalties.
Leonardia earlier said that about 94.07 percent of all the 11,799 illegal structures in Bacolod have been demolished.
Of 11,799 illegal structures, 11,099 structures have been demolished.
29 barangays out of 61 have submitted reports that they were able to demolish 100 percent of the illegal structures within their areas of jurisdiction.
These are Barangays 2, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 20, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, 37, Alangilan, Felisa, Granada, Mandalagan, Montevista, Pahanocoy, Punta Taytay, Villamonte, and Vista Alegre.
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.