BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – The city will resume its partial road clearing operation on Monday 16 November.
In a memorandum circular, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Central Office 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 said the city should concentrate on clearing the sidewalks, and bike lanes where obstructions to public use and convenience are usually found.
Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran told DNX the village officials have agreed to comply with the mandate of the DILG and they will focus on removing illegal structures in their respective areas of jurisdiction.
“Since this is a national directive, we are obliged to follow this in spite of the pandemic we are facing,” Familiaran said.
The vice mayor noted that 20 percent of the illegal structures already removed during the first road clearing operation were constructed again to public places where they are prohibited.
He also added that some vehicles are also seen illegal parking in various streets in the city.
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.