The DILG Cagayan de Oro and the Hapsay Dalan Task Force of Cagayan de Oro vowed to improve on their previous ‘medium compliance’ of the road-clearing directives of President Rodrigo Duterte and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the next validation.
The DILG-CdO convened the Hapsay Dalan Task Force and other concerned officials last January 29, 2020 at the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office to find ways to improve implementation of the road clearing program.
DILG City Director Jane J. Docallos reiterated that LGUs must update their road clearing ordinances based on existing issuances. They should also make an inventory of all roads and roads with obstructions, conduct regular road clearing, and prepare a displacement and rehabilitation plan.
Some of the obstructions to be cleared include illegally parked vehicles, illegal transport terminals, illegal vending sites, house encroachment, obtrusive barangay outposts and sports facilities, drying of rice on streets, dumping of construction materials and garbage on streets and roads.
Docallos added that the cleared roads must be rehabilitated and returned to the use of pedestrians and motorists. She added that the roads should be provided with traffic lights and signages, and speed limits must be set.
Docallos emphasized that it is the role of the LGU to empower barangays to enforce the road-clearing laws and directives. She stressed the importance of setting up a reporting system through which citizens can call their attention to unremoved obstructions and make suggestions to improve local implementation.
For his part, Councilor Romeo Calizo said the legislative body is ready to do their part and craft or amend ordinances in support of the program.
Acting City Administrator Oliver G. Egypto mentioned that some urban barangays do not have parking spaces at all. In response, Legal Officer Antonio Resma urged the legislators to consider idle lots as parking spaces and proposed tax cuts as an incentive to their owners.