By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto has reminded barangay officials that it is illegal to close the city’s public roads to motorists.
Metro Manila mayors are now racing to clear their city’s streets of obstruction before the 60-day deadline earlier set by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
“Bawal magsara ng mga pampublikong kalsada. May mga barangay na nagbebenta pa ng sticker (It is prohibited to closed off public roads. There are barangays that sells stickers),” Sotto wrote on his Facebook page on Monday.
“Narinig niyo na ang direktiba ni Presidente Duterte. Natanggap niyo na rin ang DILG Memorandum at ang Memorandum mula sa akin nung ika-30 ng Hulyo (You have already heard of the directive of President Duterte. You have also received the DILG Memorandum and the Memorandum from me last July 30),” he added.
Sotto attached on his post a copy of his memorandum where he ordered all barangays to remove all obstructions on the city’s public roads.
The road clearing also included the opening of all public roads in all barangays to motorists, the order added.
Sotto said the city government will release today the list of all public roads in every barangays in the city.
Barangay officials as well as the city mayor will be charged or suspended if they failed to clear the roads before the two-month deadline, Sotto warned.
“Wag na nating paabutin sa ganito,” he said.
While road clearings are ongoing in the city, Sotto cited the outdated road inventory as one of the challenges that hound their clearing operations.
“Wala tayong maayos na listahan ng mga kalsada! (We have no proper list of all roads)!” he said.
The city mayor, meanwhile, thanked the city engineering office for finishing last week the city’s road inventory.