MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Monday announced that the 75-day clearing operations of local government units (LGU) are suspended until further notice.
In a statement, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said suspending the road clearing operations would ensure that “local chief executives will be able to focus all their efforts in fighting novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).”
Año said this is in compliance with the guidelines of the Department of Health (DOH) and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases approved by President Rodrigo Duterte.
The second round of road clearing operations of all local government units began on February 17, 2020.
The DILG also announced that the foreign travel of local chief executives will be temporarily suspended in the next 30 days to make sure that they are hands-on in fighting the spread of the virus in their respective jurisdictions.
The entire Luzon has been placed under enhanced community quarantine by the president on Monday afternoon, according to Malacañang.
Under the guidelines earlier released by the Palace, an enhanced community quarantine means that strict home quarantine will be implemented in all households; transportation shall be suspended; provision for food and essential health services shall be regulated and the heightened presence of uniformed personnel enforce quarantine procedures will be implemented.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said more details will be released later after Duterte’s meeting with the government’s inter-agency task force.
Under the current guidelines on community quarantine, all provincial governors and mayors of highly urbanized cities, as well as Senators and Congressmen, are free to travel to and out of Metro Manila in the performance of their official functions. Mayors of component cities and municipalities may be allowed to enter Metro Manila subject to the approval of this Department on a case-to-case basis.
The DILG also said that a total of 40,000 police officers are now deployed to man checkpoints in Metro Manila.
“We assure the public of the sufficiency of uniformed police and military officers who will man checkpoints around Metro Manila. They shall follow all lawful protocols in manning checkpoints and are advised to be courteous but firm in performing their duties,” it said.
“Panahon po ito ng pagsubok sa ating tapang at malasakit sa bawat isa at lalo na ang disiplina nating mga Pilipino. Bagaman may abalang naidudulot ang ating preventive measures laban sa COVID-19, unawain po natin na para ito sa kabutihan ng nakakarami. This too shall pass so let us remain calm and resilient,” it added.
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Wednesday ordered all local government units (LGU) to establish impounding areas for towed illegally parked vehicles.
Through Memorandum Circular 2020-031, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said all cities and municipalities are mandated to designate impounding areas where towed illegally parked vehicles, as well as those involved in road accidents or breakdowns, will be brought.
Tricycles apprehended by LGUs for operating in national highways should also be brought to these impounding areas.
Año said the directive is part of government efforts to clear road obstructions.
“Ang mga illegally parked vehicles ay kailangang i-tow at dalhin sa impounding area. It is, therefore, incumbent upon cities and municipalities to designate impounding areas for the safekeeping of towed vehicles,” he said in a statement.
“Ang pagtatalaga ng impounding area ay mandato sa ating mga syudad at bayan. Kailangan nating umaksyon para sa mas maluwag na daan, mas mabilis na daloy ng trapiko, at para sa kapakanan ng publiko,” he added. The DILG chief also called on local councils to pass ordinances specifying guidelines on towing, impounding and releasing of impounded vehicles and prescribing corresponding penalties.
He said that such ordinances should be consistent with national laws and policies, and shall not be unreasonable or discriminatory.
Año said the latest directive supplements Memorandum Circular 2019-121 issued last July, mandating local governments to reclaim roads and revoke parking permits of private vehicles on public roads.
Furthermore, Section 16 of the Local Government Code provides police powers to local governments to regulate the use of roads, direct traffic, and remove obstructions.
“Kahanay po nito ang isa pa naming direktiba, ang MC 2020-004, na sumasakop sa operasyon ng mga tricycle kasama ang pagbibigay ng prangkisa. Ang mga tricycle ang madalas na sakit ng ulo ng mga traffic enforcer lalo na kung walang terminal at kung saan-saan na lang nag-aabang ng pasahero,” he said.
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government has urged the local government units (LGUs) with low compliance or have failed ratings to do better and continue with their initiatives to clear the roads of obstructions.
The department made the statement on Tuesday (October 22) following the release of the validation results of the national road clearing program.
“Sustained operations are the key to success in the road-clearing operations. You need to exert more effort by eliciting the support of your punong barangays and your constituents. But everything begins with the political will of the mayor,” said DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año.
“There will be another validation in December and from now up to the end of the year, LGUs will have to conduct sustained operations to restore discipline in all public roads and streets,” he added.
The latest data from the DILG-Bureau of Local Government Supervision shows that, as of October 16, 2019, of the 1,516 validated LGUs, 387 got a high compliance rating, 635 got medium compliance, and 393 got low compliance.
One hundred one (101) LGUs received a failed rating and were issued show-cause orders by the Department.
The secretary cited Taguig City for its commitment “to implement its mobility plan to give residents and visitors quicker and safer travels beyond the 60-day deadline imposed by the DILG” despite its low compliance rating.
“That is the kind of attitude that we want. This should be a challenge for LGUs to take the President’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) directive seriously because, at the end of the day, we will all benefit from the law and order brought about by cleared roads,” Año said.
Meanwhile, the DILG also issued a show-cause order to 99 barangay chairmen in Manila on Tuesday.
The DILG said the officials were not able to sustain the order in the respective areas after the 60-day clearing operations.
The officials are given 15 days to explain their non-compliance.
“Doon po sa barangay, may nakitaan po kaming pagkukulang nung Kapitan. So it is possible that even if your city or municipality passed, your barangay did not. We are trying to make that distinction in reaction to the complaints that were received by the Office of Usec Martin Dino,” said DILG spokesperson, Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya.
Usec. Dino said these barangay officials may get suspended once they are proven to have been negligent of their duties.
“Definitely maraming masasampolan, most especially here in Metro Manila. Not only in Manila all over Metro Manila. Now it depends doon sa mga reklamo,” Dino said.
The department said it has pictures and documents proving that there had been negligence on the part of the barangay chairmen in Manila when sidewalk vendors and illegal parking have gotten back to some part of the city’s everyday scenario.
“Nag- clearing operations nga si Mayor at ang ating mga Engineering at ang ating MMDA e pagtalikod naman ng Clearing Operations bumalik. It is now the responsibility of the Brgy Captain to maintain the Clearing Operations na nangyari,” Dino added. (with details from Aiko Miguel) /mbmf
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