By Dhel Nazario
Intensive clearing operations are now being conducted by the Taguig City government to rid the city of obstructions, including illegal structures, illegal vending and illegally-parked vehicles.
The activity is being undertaken by a joint team composed of Taguig’s Traffic Management Office, Public Order and Safety Office, Market Management Office, Business Permits and Licensing Office, General Services Office, and Solid Waste Management Office, City Engineering Office, Public Transport Office and Barangay Affairs Office, together with the Philippine National Police and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
The operations are being done pursuant to an executive order signed by Mayor Lino Cayetano right after he assumed office.
The city departments were ordered to “intensify their efforts in ensuring pedestrian and vehicular mobility, and access to public services activities using public roads and other similar infrastructure” to ensure public safety.
Mobility, as the EO highlighted, was vital in urbanization and development. “Aside from the space occupied by roads, transport system, buildings and infrastructures, the associated pedestrian and vehicular movement invariably shapes the urban forms of the city,” it added.
In his fourth State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 22, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered all local government units to “reclaim all public lands.”
The Department of the Interior and Local Government ordered LGUs to complete the task in 60 days. And the City of Taguig, which has been clearing the city’s roads for the past years, will be doing just that.
“As it is, Taguig is already a pedestrian-centered city, but we want to make it even more so. We want to make Taguig an even more walkable city,” Cayetano said.
According to the mayor, a “walkable city,”; after all, is a “safe and healthy city.”
“Our leadership has been consistent with its mandate in regulating the use of and access to streets, highways and public roads and has regularly implemented clearing of all public roads in the city of all obstructions that may endanger the safety and impede pedestrian and vehicular traffic flow,” Cayetano added.