BOTH the Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu City Governments are confident of clearing all public roads of obstructions by Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, the deadline for the completion of the second round of road clearing operations (RCO 2.0).
Edwin Jumao-as, head of the Mandaue City Enforcement Unit (MCEU), reported an accomplishment rate of 80 percent as of Wednesday, Jan. 13.
“We have not checked the national and city roads yet because we have been focusing on barangay roads,” he said.
He said they aim to surpass their 89 percent accomplishment rate in the first round of road clearing operations in 2019. The City is scheduled for evaluation by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Jan. 18 to 22.
Most of the obstructions that were cleared were illegally parked vehicles, particularly motorcycles. There were also a few encroachments by stores.
Jumao-as said about 100 vehicles have been clamped or removed from the roads since they started implementing RCO 2.0 on Jan. 4.
Of the vehicles that were removed, 10 were on the sidewalks of Labogon and Basak; 23 in Pagsabungan, Tabok and Canduman; and 11 container vans and three trailer trucks were impounded for using the Zuellig Road Extension as parking area.
The owners of four vehicles with damage were each issued a notice to remove their vehicles within three days from the footwalk in Sitio Palmira, Brgy. Basak.
Jumao-as said there were 16 other vehicles issued traffic citation tickets; seven clamped and impounded; and 20 removed during the road and sidewalk clearing activities in Casuntingan, Cabancalan, Looc, Ibabao-Estancia and Mantuyong over the weekend.
Aside from the vehicles, some stores found encroaching on roads were also removed.
Most of the illegal vendors have been asked to transfer to the night market along Zamora St. in Brgy. Centro. The night market, which started on Dec. 30, 2020, will be operational until Jan. 17.
In Lapu-Lapu City, City Traffic Management System (CTMS) chief Mario Napule said they had accomplished half or 50 percent of their target as of Wednesday.
He said vehicles that were illegally parked along the barangay roads in Basak and Buaya were either towed or clamped.
“The problem is worse in barangay roads since residents with no parking space at home use the roads as their parking area,” Napule said.
He urged them to find an empty lot that they can use as parking area instead.
In Talisay City, Mayor Gerald Anthony Gullas Jr. said he will meet with barangay officials to discuss complaints against the road clearing operations.
Gullas said some residents complained that they were not informed about the implementation of RCO 2.0 during the pandemic.
The mayor reminded his constituents that the DILG issued the order to implement road clearing in November 2020 yet.
At the same time, he urged barangay officials to inform their constituents in advance about any clearing operations. (WBS / GCM / JKV)