Mandaue City aims for higher grade in road clearing ops

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MANDAUE City expects a higher grade in the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Road Clearing Operation 2.0 in January 2021 than

in October 2019.

During the DILG’s Road Clearing Operation 1.0 in October 2019, Mandaue City garnered a grade of 89, which means it was medium compliant.

This year, Edwin Jumao-as, head of the Mandaue City Enforcement Unit (MCEU), said they aim for a higher grade and in his opinion, Mandaue City will achieve it as they have seen fewer obstructions than before.

In the first road clearing operation, the DILG mandated to clear all city, municipal and national roads and sidewalks from any kind of obstructions.

With the Road Clearing Operation 2.0, the project was extended up to the barangay roads which barangay officials will take part in clearing.

Since the resumption of the barangay road clearing on Nov. 16, 2020, Jumao-as said they have visited and conducted the clearing operations in all 27 barangays in the city.

Thus, throughout their clearing, they have reported 258 obstructions. The owners of the 251 obstructions have received and signed their notice of violation, while the other seven refused to sign.

Although the seven obstruction owners refused to sign, the MCEU still issued the notice of violation with the witnesses’ signature.

These obstructions are composed of vending sites, store encroachments and illegally parked vehicles.

During the visit of MCEU personnel to all 27 barangays on Dec. 26 to Dec. 27, Jumao-as said the barangays had cleared 98 percent of their obstructions.

With this improvement, Jumao-as said starting Jan. 6, the MCEU will focus on the city and national roads, particularly, A. Del. Rosario St., B. Cabahug St. and others, until the deadline of the operation on Jan. 15.

However, Jumao-as said they will not be complacent and will still monitor the barangay roads.

Thus, barangay officials are still required to submit their evaluation until Jan. 15.

Jumao-as said they are yet to schedule the initial road clearing evaluation as Mandaue’s new DILG city director has yet to assume office after the previous city director Kenneth Kilat retired.

However, the final evaluation of the clearing operation, which will be conducted by the different city directors in Metro Cebu, will be on Jan. 18 to 22.

Jumao-as said they are yet to receive a notice on what day Mandaue City will be evaluated. / KFD