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3 Cordillera LGUs fail in road clearing ops

THREE local government units (LGUs) in the Cordillera are asked to explain after failing in the road clearing assessment of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

The three LGUs are Boliney and Manabo in Abra and Banaue in Ifugao.

Marlo Iringan, DILG-Cordillera director, said the three LGUs will soon receive a letter from the DILG for them to comply with the Memorandum Circular 121-2019, which orders all LGUs to remove road obstructions for 60 days.

"The order lapsed last September 23, which paved the way for the DILG to create a validation teams who have visited the different LGUs in the region to determine their compliance. We required a weekly report from our LGUs while the validating teams responsibility is to determine whether the reports are accurate, aside from coming up with a ratings as indicators," Irignan added.

Among the guidance mechanisms that these LGUs will have to comply is the inventory of roads, displacement measures, and rehabilitation.

The circular cannot be used to justify road widening projects since it is covered by a different set of rules.

Iringan also lauded all LGUs in Cordillera for the high compliance rate on Memorandum Circular 2019-121.

"Our local government units in the region were very compliant with regards to this memorandum circular coming from the President ordering LGUs to clear all sidewalks and pedestrian lanes from obstructions during his state of the nation address in July this year which was followed by a meeting with all governors, city and municipal mayors pertaining to the said directive," Iringan said.


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