- Written by LGOO II Judy Mae T. Magdato-Sajo
- Category: News and Updates
- Published: 03 February 2020
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Following the national government’s extensive implementation of activities to clear the roads of illegal structures and obstructions, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Antique reminded barangay officials to maintain the cleared roads in the province.
In adherence to the presidential directive during his 4th State of the Nation Address, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) issued two Memorandum Circulars (MC 2019-121 and MC 2017-167) directing all local officials to exercise their powers to clear roads of illegal structures and obstructions, and to reclaim all public roads that are being used for private ends.
The latter issuance provides for the transfer of the responsibility to the barangays in the maintenance and sustainability of roads that have been cleared.
"Gone are the days when the Punong Barangay and other barangay officials can make excuses for not complying with the presidential directive. We are expecting all of them to perform their respective roles and submit to our MLGOOs their compliance report on the second day of the ensuing month,” said DILG Antique Provincial Director Cherryl P. Tacda.
Punong Barangays and the Sangguniang Barangay Members within their respective jurisdiction are reminded of their roles, such as the following: (1) Revisit approved ordinances and make them consistent with existing municipal ordinance or other related laws and policies pertaining to road clearing operations; (2) Collaborate with the Municipal Mayor concerned for harmonization of the efforts in the clearing of roads of illegal structures and obstructions; (3) strategize to ensure the smooth implementation of road clearing operations; (4) Mobilize the Barangay Tanods to conduct monitoring/ ronda; and (5) ensure maintenance and sustain the cleanliness of all cleared roads within their respective jurisdiction.
During the recent Provincial Peace and Order Council Technical Working Group meeting, a PDRRMO representative noted that their response is hampered during emergencies because some barangays failed to maintain roads that have been cleared.
Beginning January 2020, compliance of all Punong Barangays will be monitored by DILG on a monthly basis.