MORE than 600 vehicles parked along barangay roads were cleared by the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (Team) since last month.
The clearing of the 620 obstructive vehicles were part of Mandaue City’s compliance with the 75-day clearing operations mandated by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Of the 620 vehicles, around 545 were caught illegally parking while 75 others were clamped on the spot as of last month, said Arnold Malig-on, Team’s chief of operations.
Malig-on said most of these obstructions are from residents who don’t have or have enough parking spaces as well as delivery vehicles owned by industrial companies.
He shared that despite their vehicles being towed or clamped, some motorists would still violate a day after they pay the fine.
The violators were issued a citation ticket and required to pay a P500 fine for traffic obstruction violation and additional fine for illegal parking.
Malig-on also noted that some barangay roads have fewer vehicles parking, but some are being used as terminals for tricycles.
He said they will not only clear those tricycles parking along barangay roads, but will also find out if they have renewed their franchises.
Malig-on also commended those barangays that closely coordinated with them and proactively led the clearing operations in their jurisdictions.
He encouraged other barangays to do the same and closely cooperate with Team and the Mandaue City Legal Enforcement Unit.
“Hopefully after our clearing operation, the barangays can maintain our operations,” said Malig-on in a mix of Cebuano and English.
The 75-day clearing operation along barangay roads is a directive from the DILG, in line with the mandate of President Rodrigo Duterte to clear the roads from any obstructions, that needs to be complied with by village chiefs on or before April 30, 2020.
Local chief executives who fail to comply with the DILG’s directive could face administrative charges. (KFD)