REGIONAL-NEWS

DILG-CAR urges LGUs to resume road clearing operations

November 19, 2020

The DILG-Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) calls on the local government units (LGUs) in the region to continue the implementation of the government’s road clearing policy in areas with less restrictive community quarantine starting on November 16.

DILG Regional Director Marlo Iringan said the continuation of road clearing operations is in line with the DILG Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 2020-145, which gave LGUs until January 15, 2021 to clear any obstruction of roads within their jurisdiction.

He underscored that LGUs must completely enforce President Rodrigo Duterte’s road clearing directive in areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), while partial implementation of the measure is permitted in areas under the general community quarantine (GCQ).

Following the guidelines of the Department of Health (DOH) and the Inter-agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), the implementation of road clearing is suspended in areas under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) or modified ECQ to ensure that LGUs will focus all efforts on containing the spread of COVID-19.

The road clearing initiative complies with the directive of President Duterte to reclaim public roads that are being used for non-public ends, especially to rid them of unlawful structures and making sure that they are not used as parking spaces.

In 2019, the President tasked the DILG to oversee the actions taken by the LGUs in clearing road obstructions and reclaiming public roads.