The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Friday, Oct. 11, that 612 roads, or 75 percent of roads all over Metro Manila, have been cleared of obstructions.
DILG Sec. Eduardo Ano said that all 17 cities in Metro Manila complied with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte during his fourth State of the Nation Address in July to remove road obstructions within 60 days.
Ano, however, reminded the local government units that they have to sustain the results of their road-clearing operations. He particularly mentioned that authorities should prevent illegal vendors from setting up shop once again at the sidewalks.
“That’s a good figure (75 percent) but of course they have to sustain and, in fact, kailangan balikan. May mga pasaway na pagkatapos mag-clear, bumabalik pa. So tuloy-tuloy ito until finall ma-implement yung disiplina,” the DILG chief said in a press briefing.
Based on the records of DILG, 12 local government units in Metro Manila: Caloocan, Las Pinas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Navotas, Paranaque, Pasay, San Juan, Valenzuela, and Pateros received high compliance ratings.
Four cities: Manila, Muntinlupa, Pasig, and Quezon were medium compliance ratings while Taguig got a low compliance rating.
“Ang problemang ito ay so many years ng napabayaan. Nahirapan din ang ilang LGU natin, mga mayor natin,” Ano stressed.
“Hindi talaga magiging parehas ang kanilang accomplishment but there is also time for them to finish their job after this initial effort of 60 days,” the Cabinet secretary added.
The DILG official said that they have received feedback from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority that the removal of road obstructions has eased the traffic in Metro Manila by 40 to 60 percent.