Sun. Dec 6th, 2020
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The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will resume its Road-Clearing Operations 2.0 (RCO 2.0) depending on the quarantine classification of local government units (LGUs).

The DILG will be giving 60 calendar days to LGUs to comply with the Presidential directive.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said with the flattening of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) curve and improved quarantine classification in various areas of the country, RCO 2.0 will officially commence on November 16 until January 15, 2021, giving LGUs ample time to comply.

“We hope that the LGUs, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, will show the same enthusiasm and positive results that they were able to achieve last year as we aim for safer and accessible roads free from illegal and potentially hazardous encroachments,” Año said.

“Despite the January 15 deadline, we wish to remind the LGUs that RCO is year-long endeavor,” he added.

Early this week, President Rodrigo Duterte placed the entire National Capital Region and other areas of the country under the general community quarantine (GCQ) for the whole month of November. No other region in the country was placed under the strictest community quarantine classification.

Through DILG Memorandum Circular 2020-145, Año said though that the resumption of RCO 2.0 will vary, in different degrees, depending on the quarantine classification of a certain area. “We may have resumed RCO 2.0 but we acknowledge the threat posed by Covid-19, hence, we still take into consideration the quarantine classification of the LGU,” Año.

He said that full implementation of the RCO 2.0 will be made in in areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), and partial  implementation will be executed by LGUs under GCQ. In areas under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) and ECQ, the RCOs remain suspended.

LGUs and barangays under a localized ECQ or MECQ may likewise suspend the implementation of RCO 2.0 regardless of their community quarantine classification.

In the said memorandum, Año said that partial implementation in areas under GCQ is limited to the actual removal or abatement of road and sidewalk obstructions that are considered dangerous to motorists and pedestrians, and road clearing for the purpose of establishing bike lanes. Full implementation in MGCQ areas and below, he said, requires LGUs to adopt all components of the RCO as provided by DILG Memorandum Circular 2020-027.

All LGUs implementing RCO 2.0, according to Año, whether partial or full implementation, are expected to abide by the prescription of DILG Memorandum Circular 2020-027 released by the DILG last February, stipulating the policy on the continued implementation of the President’s order to clear roads of illegal obstructions. SOVEREIGNPH

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