BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines — The city has resumed its partial road clearing operation yesterday 16 November Monday.
Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said the village heads were given at least two months to remove illegal structures in their respective jurisdictions.
Familiaran added that the village heads may seek the assistance of the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO) and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in removing illegally parked vehicles in public areas. [READ: PHOTO ESSAY: Strolling the (less crowded) streets]
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Central Office, in a memorandum circular, mandated all local government units (LGUs) under the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) status to resume implementing partial road clearing operations from 16 November to 15 January 2021 while those under the Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) must enforce its full implementation.
DILG Bacolod City Director Ma. Joy Maredith Madayag earlier said the city should concentrate on clearing the sidewalks, and bike lanes where obstructions to public use and convenience are usually found.
“Since this is a national directive, we are obliged to follow this in spite of the pandemic we are facing,” Familiaran said.
Familiaran said the cooperation of the village heads is crucial in implementing the mandate of the DILG Central Office.
The village heads will submit a report to DILG on 5 December and will be evaluated by various government agencies such as the Philippine National Police and Bureau of Fire Protection.