Sun. May 9th, 2021
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The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) wants all local government units (LGUs) to complete their road-clearing operations in their respective areas, depending on their status of quarantine.

The DILG gave LGUs up to January 15, 2021 to complete their road-clearing operations.

“Now that the holidays are over, we expect all LGUs to pick up where they left off in their road clearing operations. They were supposed to start November 16 last year up to January 15,” said DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya.

He stressed that while the deadline ends on January 15, the road clearing operation is a year-round activity that requires sustained effort and implementation.

According to the DILG Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 2020-145, those areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) should fully implement the road clearing by January 15.

The circular also states that full implementation includes the removal of road and sidewalk obstructions, conduct of road inventories, physical removal of road obstructions without prejudice to the property rights of the affected stakeholders, crafting and implementation of displacement plans, rehabilitation, and maintenance of cleared roads, and creation of a grievance mechanism.

LGUs under general community quarantine (GCQ) are expected to do a partial implementation, which is limited to the actual or physical removal or abatement of road and sidewalk obstructions that are considered hazardous to motorists and pedestrians.

These include unauthorized parked vehicles, illegal structures, nuisances, and any other structures erected along or standing on, made immovable or otherwise, that impede safe and convenient passage through public road or sidewalk.

Meanwhile, road clearing operations are suspended in areas under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) and enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).Malaya said that validation of provincial, city, and municipal compliance would be conducted from January 18 to 22, 2021. SOVEREIGNPH

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