99 Manila barangays asked to explain failure to clear roads

THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Tuesday, October 22 it will issue show cause orders to officials of 99 barangays in the City of Manila who have failed to clear the roads in their areas of jurisdiction.

"Maglalabas ako ngayon ng show cause order para sa 99 na barangay sa Manila. Pero doon sa ibang syudad, nandito na rin sa office ko ang complaint. Ang sabi ko nga sa inyo, ang hinahanap ng mamamayan ngayon ay 'yung maintenance noong clearing operations na ginawa ng ating mga mayor," DILG Uundersecretary for Barangay Affairs Martin Diño said.

Of the 99 Barangays, 38 are in District 1, 16 in District 3, 22 from District 4, 12 from district 5 and 10 in District 6.

Diño said they will be given five days to explain.

“Kaya ngayon sa Maynila 99 na barangay ang aking issuehan ng show cause order first batch pa lang ito they will explain kung bakit hindi nila na-maintain ang nagawa ni Mayor Isko Moreno na ginawa ng city engineering ng MMDA during the clearing,” he said.

Diño said the concerned barangay officials may face suspension from the office or, at the worst, removal from office.

"Pag mabigat, sila ang nagpapa-illegal parking, sila ang nagco-conduct ng illegal sidewalk vendor, hindi lang suspension kung hindi pagkatanggal sa kanilang pwesto," he said.

“As undersecretary for barangay affairs tatanggap na rin ako actually marami na yung reklamo sa Metro Manila at sa buong Pilipinas nandiyan ang DILG offices natin kaya ang request ko lang sa gustong mag-complain hahawak kayo ng diyaryo ituro nyo san ang illegal parking at sidewalk lalong lalo na sa main throughfares pagdating sa probinsya. In Metro Manila ang pinag-uusapan natin main throughfares Mabuhay Lane 24/7 wala dapat naka park at illegal parking yan ang napag-usapan during the implementation of MC 2019-11,” he added.

Meanwhile, DILG Undersecretary and spokesman Jonathan Malaya said the number of local government units (LGUs) that failed to comply with the order to clear roads of obstructions has increased to 101 from 97.

The DILG earlier issued a show cause order to 97 LGUs.

Of the 1,516 validated LGUs, 387 got a high compliance rating, 635 got medium compliance and 393 got low compliance while 101 LGUs received a failed rating and were issued show cause orders by the DILG.

Malaya said to ensure that roads will remain clear of obstructions, the agency will conduct a quarterly validation starting December 2019.

“Our mayors should exert maximum efforts by eliciting the support of your barangay officials and your constituents we urge those low-compliant to treat this us opportunity to do better and scale up your initiative so that ratings will improve in the next round of validation this December The validation will now in quarterly basis The next one will be on December and we will do this until the end of term of Duterte administration,” he said.

“Sustained operations are the key to success in the road-clearing operations. You need to exert more effort by eliciting the support of your punong barangays and your constituents. But everything begins with the political will of the mayor,” he added.

Malaya cited the case of Taguig City, which despite its low compliance rating, remained committed to implementing its “mobility plan” to give residents and visitors quicker and safer travels beyond the 60-day deadline imposed by the DILG. (SunStar Philippines)


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