BARANGAY officials in Bacolod City are given two months to remove illegal structures within their areas of jurisdiction.
This was stressed by Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran after the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) ordered the resumption of the Road Clearing Operation 2.0 (RCO 2.0), which resumed Monday, November 16, 2020.
Familiaran said barangay officials are also required to submit reports to the City Mayor’s Office that will be forwarded to the DILG.
“The DILG will also monitor the accomplishment of the barangay officials to ensure they are following the directive,” he said.
He added barangays will concentrate on removing illegal structures occupying roads, along with reprimanding illegally parked vehicles.
Familiaran said barangays can also ask for the assistance of the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office or the Department of Public Works and Highways to demolish illegal structures or remove illegally parked vehicles.
DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año earlier said with the flattened Covid-19 curve and improved quarantine classification in various areas of the country, RCO 2.0 will officially commence from November 16, 2020, until January 15, 2021.
He said the full implementation of RCO 2.0 will be enforced in areas under modified enhanced general community quarantine and partial implementation in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ).
RCOs in local government units placed under modified enhanced community quarantine and enhanced community quarantine are suspended.
In July 2019, DILG first launched the 60-day road clearing operations. Some of the mayors were charged with administrative charges for their alleged failure to follow the road clearing policy.
In 2019, DILG has given Bacolod City an 87 percent on its accomplishment on road clearing operations.
The actual road clearing or demolition of illegal structures had a total score of 50 points, where Bacolod got 45.