MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is set to resume its clearing operations in different cities and municipalities across the country.
The 75-day program which will start on Monday (February 18), will cover even the innermost areas in barangays, according to DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya.
“Hindi lang ang mga pangunahing kalsada, ngayong lahat na ng kalsada isinama na ni Secretary Año, (We will include not only the main roads but all roads according to Secretary Año,)” Malaya said.
Likewise, the expanded program will include banning tricycles from plying on major roads.
Malaya said tricycles should have their exclusive routes or at least a well-planned route so as not to cause traffic with large vehicles.
Should there be no other way to the destination but through major roads, the DILG said tricycles should be marked so that the police will know which units are legal and authorized.
“Kung talagang wala dahil wala silang pondo or aabutin pa ng matagal na panahon kung magawa ang kalsada, bigyan ng sticker ang mga tricycle na allowed para maliwanag sa pulis, (If there’s no other option because they do not have the fund yet and it will take time to have a right of way, give them stickers that will signify authorization for the police to easily notice,)” Malaya explained.
The DILG first enforced a 60-day clearing operation in September 2019.
From more than 1,500 cities and municipalities nationwide, about 100 local government units (LGU) failed the Department’s standard.
Ten local chief executives were charged at the Office of the Ombudsman for that matter.
Decision regarding sanctions, however, remains pending.
Malaya said they are still drafting the charges against ten more mayors in relation to the program.
Should evidence of negligence be proven, the local chief executives may be suspended from office, the official said. – MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)
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