Show-cause orders being readied vs LGUs for failure to complete clearing operations

Published October 4, 2019, 1:04 PM

by Rica Arevalo

By Chito Chavez

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Friday said it will start sending show-cause orders next week to non-complying local government units (LGU) that failed to heed President Duterte’s order on the clearing of obstructions on all public properties.

Department of Interior and Local Government (MANILA BULLETIN)
Department of Interior and Local Government (MANILA BULLETIN)

DILG Undersecretary and spokesman Jonathan Malaya said that, initially, the deadline for the validation was slated on Friday (October 4), but was moved to October 5 to allow the validating teams nationwide to further make their assessment.

Malaya said DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, who is in Russia as part of the President’s entourage, has ordered them to extensively review the report of the agency’s field offices.

Malaya noted that LGUs with “red flags’’ or those who failed to address the obstruction woes in their respective turfs will be given show-cause orders.

“Ang aming timetable po, at the very least next week makapaglabas na po kami ng show cause orders. Ito po ‘yung senyales na bumagsak ‘yung LGUs na ‘yun (Our timetable at the very least is next week where show cause orders will be issued. This is a sign that the particular LGU failed.),” Malaya said.

The 60-day deadline imposed by the DILG for the LGUs to complete the clearing of all obstruction on government lots ended last September 29.

Validation teams were deployed to monitor and check if all local government units have complied with the order to clear roads.