By DARWIN PESCO
October 12, 2019
NINETY-SEVEN local government units (LGUs) failed to comply with the campaign to clear roads and sidewalks of obstructions, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Friday.
“Their best is not good enough,” Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said. He added that these LGUs were ordered to explain in five days why they failed in their road clearing campaign.
Of the 97 LGUs, 11 are from Ilocos Region, one each from Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon, seven from Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan), 10 from Region 5 (Bicol Region), one from Western Visayas, 12 from Central Visayas, nine from Eastern Visayas, 18 from Zamboanga Peninsula, 13 from Northern Mindanao, three each from Davao Region and Soccsksargen (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, General
Santos City), and four each from Caraga and the Cordillera Administrative Region.
“As clearly stated by the President in his SONA (State of the Nation Address), sa kabila ng ating tagumpay, mahalaga din na makita ng ating mga kababayan na dapat may managot sa hindi pagtupad sa kautusan ng Pangulo (despite our victories, the public needs to see that those who did not follow the President’s order will be held liable),” Año said.
“They can be charged with dereliction of duty, negligence — administratively, possible suspension depends on the Ombudsman,” he added.
Año said the nationwide road clearing efforts have been “generally successful.”
Among the highly compliant regions were Regions 2 (Cagayan Valley), 3 (Central Luzon), 6 (Calabarzon), 12 (Soccsksargen) and CAR.
“The regions did not disappoint. We are happy to share that our road clearing campaign is also thriving in all parts of the country as mirrored through the numbers from our validation efforts,” Año said.
“Based on the report from the 1,148 LGUs, 6,873 streets across the country have been returned for public use due to the cooperation of the local governments,” he added.
According to the data collected by the DILG validation teams, 13 LGUs in Metro Manila had a high compliance rating — Manila, Caloocan, Las Piñas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Navotas, Parañaque, Pasay, Valenzuela, Pateros and San Juan.
The cities of Muntinlupa, Pasig and Quezon got a medium compliance rating, while Taguig City received a low compliance rating.
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