LGUs ordered anew to clear all roads in 75 days
MANILA, Philippines — Local government units (LGUs) are given 75 days starting Monday, Feb. 17, to clear all roads within its jurisdiction of all forms of obstruction, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) announced.
This is the second round of road clearing operations that the DILG has ordered in a bid to “reclaim” the nation’s roads in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive.
The clearing operations will now include local and tertiary roads, as stated under DILG memorandum order 2020-027.
“Tulog ang paglinis at pagpapaluwag ng mga kalsada. I direct all LGUs to clear local roads from obstruction with the same urgency and enthusiasm as when the President issued the directive,” Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said in a press conference on Monday.
Local chief executives who will fail to comply with the order will be given a show cause order, Año said. Their response will be used to determine whether or not administrative charges will be filed against them, he added. ‘
Last July, after President Duterte’s fourth State of the Nation Address, the DILG ordered LGUs to clear roads within 60 days.
Ninety-seven of 1,045 local chief executives were issued show-cause orders.
Ten were administratively charged for failing to comply with the directive.
Año described the previous round of road clearing operations as generally successful.
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