DILG: Tri-cities road clearing efforts 'commendable'

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THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) 7, on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, already submitted its consolidated local government unit (LGU) compliance data and pertinent documents on road clearing 2.0 to its central office.

The Department, however, did not yet disclose the validation scores of the LGUs so as not to "preempt" the deliberation and determination of the Ad Hoc Committee on Road Clearing Compliance-which will be the one to determine if the LGU passed or failed the operation.

In a statement it released on Friday, March 12, 2021, the DILG 7 said based on initial information, Local Government Monitoring and Evaluation Division chief Ian Kenneth Lucero said the road clearing efforts of the tri-Cities of Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu Lapu are "commendable."

The validation period ended last March 2 while the deadline for submission of consolidated LGU compliance data forms from regional offices and the finalization of national compliance data is scheduled on March 8 and March 12 respectively.

Cebu City's road clearing efforts were checked by Mandaue City while Mandaue City's actions were validated by Cebu City.

Moreover, Lapu Lapu City and Cebu Province also validated each other's road clearing efforts.

Validation within the province was conducted for Bohol, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor because of the travel restrictions.

Based on the timeline of post-validation activities, the deliberation of compliance results and determination of the final list of LGUs with areas of improvements(AOIs) will be from March 15 to 19 while the issuance of individual notices to LGUs with AOIs will be between March 22 to 26.

LGUs that failed to comply with the road clearing directive will be individually notified of their AOIs and will be given additional 30 days to comply (March 29 to April 28.)

After the additional period, their efforts will then be re-validated by the Ad Hoc Committee.

The conduct of road clearing operations in the country resumed on Nov. 16, 2020, after it was suspended last March 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The LGUs had until Feb. 15 to comply with the road clearing directive according to their community quarantine classifications.

All of the LGUs in Central Visayas fully implemented the program as all of its provinces and cities are placed under modified general community quarantine status.(WBS)