By Chito Chavez
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año on Tuesday said the performance of the local government units (LGU) in clearing obstructions on public properties as ordered by President Duterte will be determined on Friday (October 4).
He said the assessment report on the 60-day road-clearing efforts of each LGU will be finished with the non-compliant LGUs being identified and given show-cause orders.
Insisting on employing due process, Año said the concerned local chief executives (LCE) will be asked to explain their supposed unsatisfactory performance in the government’s road clearing operations on public properties.
Based on the report, the DILG will now be able to determine if the road-clearing efforts were a success and how local government officials performed.
Aside from the mayor, Año said the vice-mayor and the members of the city council will also be held liable if the LGU performs dismally in its clearing operation on public lots.
Citing a case in Samar, Año said only two councilors remained on the job when the other members of the city council, including the vice mayor, were suspended due to other infractions.
He noted that under these circumstances, the President may appoint their temporary replacements.
He also cited that Marikina City was a model locality which achieved a 100-percent accomplishment rating way ahead of the September 29 deadline set by the DILG on the LGU’s compliance to the road clearing of obstructions on public lots.
He acknowledged that Marikina City had actually embarked on the clearing of public properties from all obstructions from the time of former mayor and ex-MMDA Chairman and now Congressman Bayani Fernando.
Año noted most of the obstructions that were identified include illegally parked vehicles, illegal terminals, illegal vendors, street dweller shanties, barangay outposts, encroachments and garbage piles.
Año clarified that the 60-day effort covers only primary and secondary roads.
DILG Memorandum Circular No.121-2019 compelled the local government units (LGUs) to restore for public use all roads and sidewalks appropriated by individuals or groups for their own private use within 60 days.