THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has extended the deadline for the Road Clearing Operation 2.0 (RCO 2.0) in Bacolod City until March 16, 2021.
Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran stressed this Friday, January 22, after they held a meeting on Tuesday with the city monitoring team and the DILG-Bacolod officials at the Bacolod Government Center.
"Although it was already announced, we are still waiting for the hard copy of the postponement of the compliance of RCO 2.0," Familiaran said.
He said the village chiefs were given an extension for two months to remove all the illegal structures within their areas of jurisdiction.
The deadline was supposed to be on January 15 and it was extended until January 25, and now it will be on March 16.
Familiaran noted that when the RCO 2.0 directive was relayed to the barangays, Bacolod City has been placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ.
"The postponement of the deadline is a big help to our village chiefs to give them enough time to remove all the illegal structures within their areas of jurisdiction," Familiaran said.
After the deadline, he said the city's accomplishment will be evaluated by DILG-Iloilo, while DILG-Bacolod will also evaluate the Iloilo's compliance.
"The evaluators will determine if the barangays are complying or not so the barangays should submit their reports correctly," he added.
In 2019, DILG had given Bacolod City an 87 percent on its accomplishment on road clearing operations.
Familiaran said most of the barangays already cleared the illegal structures within their areas of jurisdiction, except for those who have legal issues.
He said barangays also served notices to owners of illegal structures in various areas in Bacolod.