The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has not yet declared any local government unit (LGU) in the country, including those in Metro Manila, as being 100 percent fully compliant with the Presidential Directive and the Department’s Memorandum Circular (MC) No.2019-121to clear their respective roads of illegal structures and constructions.

We have not made any determination on which LGUs are fully compliant because the assessment of all LGUs will come after the 60-day deadline which will be on September 29, 2019.

As stated in the DILG MC-121-2019, being fully compliant is not just about conducting road clearing operations in primary and secondary roads. For an LGU to be declared as fully compliant, they should also enact or revisit ordinances related to road clearing and banning of illegal construction; prepare an inventory of roads within their jurisdiction; develop and implement displacement strategies; and cause the rehabilitation of recovered public roads.

Currently, the LGUs submit a report on their compliance on a weekly basis to the DILG Regional Offices (ROs) which consolidate and submit the same to the DILG Central Office, particularly the Bureau of Local Government Supervision (BLGS). Hence, the data on the national summary of compliance with the MC is only based on “what is reported by the LGU” and is subject to validation by an assessment team from the DILG. Secretary Año has, in fact, ordered the creation of validation teams to check on the compliance of the accomplishments of LGUs in the implementation of the MC on road clearing. These teams shall be composed of the DILG, Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, and civil society.

Similar to what he did in Metro Manila, Secretary Año has also assigned DILG Undersecretaries and Assistant Secretaries to the regions to closely work and coordinate with the DILG regional directors and LGUs, monitor actions taken, and emphasize that the road clearing is national in scope.

With more than two weeks to go before the deadline on September 29, the DILG enjoins all LGUs in the country, not just those in Metro Manila, to sustain the clearing of the roads for the benefit of the general public. Nonetheless, we are pleased that the road clearing is proceeding smoothly nationwide.

As Secretary Año has said, the real test of the performance of the Local Chief Executives lies in their consistency of maintaining the cleared roads beyond the September 29 deadline with the support of the police and the barangays.

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