Pateros LGU to push for higher penalties on traffic obstructions

Maris Federez   •   August 9, 2019   •   655

A barangay outpost located on a sidewalk is dismantled during clearing operations in Pateros.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the local government of Pateros on Thursday (August 8) have joined forces in conducting clearing operations in the whole municipality.

Authorities confiscated illegal vending structures, signages, and made-up kiosks along the sidewalks.

Pateros mayor Ike Ponce said they have given instructions to barangay officials to maintain the roads as obstruction-free.

The LGU has also formed an eagle squad or motorcycle-riding traffic law enforcers to conduct daily roaming in the streets to ensure that there are no obstructions.

The municipal office is also looking into approving ordinances that will increase the penalties for those who will cause obstructions in the streets.

The Pateros LGU is confident that they will be able to meet the 60-day deadline set by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to clear the roads within the municipality. (details from Joan Nano) /mbmf

DILG’s Año confident of Bantag’s competence to head BuCor

Robie de Guzman   •   September 20, 2019

J/SSupt. Gerald Bantag

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año has expressed confidence in the competence of J/SSupt. Gerald Bantag to head the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

In a statement on Thursday, Año welcomed Bantag’s designation as the new BuCor chief, saying he has the necessary professional experience, training and competence having served as warden of major city jails in Metro Manila and eventually as regioal director of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan).

“As a professional and career BJMP official, Bantag is innately familiar with the Philippine penal system and culture and, therefore, he does not need a long transition and he can immediately begin work to reform the systems in the BuCor,” the DILG chief said.

Año also believes that under Bantag’s watch, corrupt BuCor officials will have a hard time engaging in illegal activities.

“Sa tingin ko, mahihirapan siyang paikutan ng mga ilang tiwali sa BuCor dahil alam na niya ang mga sistema at kalakaran sa ating mga kulungan,” he said.

The DILG chief added that the designation of a BJMP career official to head the BuCor is a positive development for the country.

He also expressed hope that this will be beginning of real reforms that “we all have been waiting for in order to truly serve justice and maintain the integrity of our penal system.”

“I urge Bantag to judiciously exercise his mandate and inculcate into his new assignment the professional culture of the DILG,” he said.

“Remember, you are not only accountable to the President but the entire Filipino people who are shocked and disappointed by the irregularities in the BuCor. In the hands of the right people, the problems of the BuCor are not insurmountable. As always, the BJMP and the DILG are ready to support you in your enormous responsibility,” he added.

Bantag replaces Nicanor Faeldon who was dismissed by President Rodrigo Duterte for disobeying his order to stop the release of convicts under the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law.

Clearing operations, not competition among local chief execs – Mayor Isko

Maris Federez   •   September 18, 2019

Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso

In just a little over a week, the 60-day period that the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has set for the local chief executives to clean the streets of Metro Manila will come to an end.

But Manila mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has admitted that they have a long way to go to completely clean the streets of the almost 900 barangays in the city.

“I’m not doing it for my fellow mayors, I’m doing it for the people of Manila,” he said.

Mayor Isko, however, stated that he is happy with the accomplishments of other cities in Metro Manila that have completed clearing their streets of obstructions.

 “I’m happy for them but this is not a competition among mayors,” he added.

The DILG, however, that no Metro Manila cities had been 100% compliant in clearing the streets.

Moreno admitted that several areas in Manila, such as Quiapo and Tondo, remain a big problem for him.

But he assured that he will not waver from his resolve.

“Whether mameet namin o hindi naman namin mameet, it doesn’t matter because we will continue.”

Moreno pointed to the lack of governance caused the return of the obstructions in some areas in Manila in the past.

The local chief executive, however, warned that he will file charges against the barangay officials who will fail to accomplish their tasks and submit the inventories of their areas of concern. (from the report of Harlene Delgado) /mbmf

DILG: No LGU in Metro Manila is 100% compliant with road clearing order

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 17, 2019

None of the Metro Manila local government units has reached 100 percent compliance with the road clearing order, according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

In a statement, the DILG said they still have not identified which of the LGUs are fully compliant with President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to clear all public roads.

“We have not made any determination on which LGUs are fully compliant,” according to DILG Spokesman Jonathan Malaya.

Malaya also said an LGU needs to be fully compliant with the following before it can be declared as obstruction-free:

  • Enact or revisit ordinances related to road clearing and banning of illegal construction
  • Prepare an inventory of roads within their jurisdiction
  • Develop and implement displacement strategies
  • Cause and rehabilitation of recovered public roads

He also added that the DILG will validate the data from the LGUs regarding their status in the road clearing directive.—AAC (with reports from Mon Jocson)

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