Clear roads nationwide — DU30; Congress to support priorities

Published August 2, 2019, 12:44 AM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza & Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat



Fred M. Lobo
Fred M. Lobo

The government has set in motion President Duterte’s directive to clear all roads nationwide.

Remove obstructions or face suspension for negligence, local executives warned.


The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) clarified that the President’s instruction to clear roads of obstructions does not only cover Metro Manila but all areas of the country.

Clearing not just Metro-wide but nationwide.


“No local government is exempted from the directive. We are just giving extra attention to Metro Manila because the problem of road obstructions is most acute in the National Capital Region (NCR), but the memorandum circular covers the entire country,”  DILG Undersecretary and Spokesman Jonathan E. Malaya said.

No sacred cows, no favoritism.Linislang!,Malaya explained.


“Reclaim public roads which are being used for private ends” PresidentDuterteorderedin his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA).

“So this should be a nationwide undertaking,” DILG Sec. Anosaid.


Aside from Metro Manila, similar road-clearing operations will also be conducted in Cebu, Iloilo, and other parts of the country, the DILG said.

Yes, save our cities from chaos and congestion.


The President   asked the DILG to recommend the suspension of negligent mayors not only in Metro Manila but also in the provinces, Malaya said.

Equal responsibility.


In Memorandum Circular 2019-121,the DILG directed all governors, mayors, and barangays’’ to exercise their powers essential to reclaim public roads, rid them of illegal structures and constructions, rehabilitate them by placing street names and street lights, and carry out strategies to address possible displacement issues.”

Yes to clear roads! Yes to clean Philippines!


“We expect all DILG field officers in the provinces to immediately meet with their respective mayors to brief them on the guidelines issued by Secretary Año on the implementation of the President’s SONA directive and to ensure their compliance,” Malaya said.

Road-clearing efforts will be a continuing activity, he added.


The DILG directed its regional offices to submit weekly compliance and progress reports to the Office of the DILG Secretary during the 60-day compliance period.

Suspension if no significant improvement is seen in their respective areas, the DILG said.


To set an example, the Philippine National Police (PNP) demolished a police community precinct erected on a sidewalk in San Juan City .

Indeed, time to reclaim public spaces and ease traffic in  Metro Manila and other  urban centers.


PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde said there is a need to clear all roads and sidewalks of illegal vending and parking.

The government is losing P6 billions a day due to traffic congestion as per JICA study, he added.


Meanwhile, the House of Representatives vowed to push for the fulfillment of the targets set by President Rodrigo Duterte in his State of the Nation Address (SONA), in cooperation with the Senate.

Malacanang willbe happy. Support fromSuper Majority coming.


Deputy Speaker Rep. LRayVillafuerte said the House will support the creation of three new departments, as well as the approval of another pay hike for government workers, including teachers and nurses.

DU30’s pet projects and measures to be given Congressional support.


“The House of Representatives, under the leadership of Speaker [Alan Peter] Cayetano, would make a big push for the immediate consideration of the new salary hike and the creation of three new departments—as endorsed by President Duterte in his fourth SONA,” Villafuerte said.

Let more beneficial effects spring from Malacanang-Congress partnership.