DILG-CAR Regional Director Marlo Iringan said that the municipalities of Boliney and Manabo in Abra, and Banaue in Ifugao were the only LGUs who failed the validation reports conducted by different Provincial Road Clearing Validation Teams.
Iringan explained that the municipality of Kabayan in Benguet that has been reported as one of the LGUs that failed was a mistake on the part of the DILG-CAR and this was already corrected to their central office.
In the report released by DILG on road clearing compliance, Kabayan was among the 97 LGUs nationwide that garnered a “failed” rating.
“We are owning up to the mistake; we only have three failing LGU in the Cordillera,” Iringan said.
DILG Benguet Provincial Director Rufina Fegcan, who apologized for the erroneous tagging of the municipality of Kabayan as “failed”, said that the LGU actually garnered a “high compliance” rating.
Fegcan said that an assigned scoring in one of the parameters was inadvertently omitted and was discovered too late when the list was already out. Based on the rectified overall score, Kabayan got perfect rating.
Fegcan said all the 13municipalities of Benguet had a medium to high compliant rating based on the report by the Provincial Road Clearing Validation Team.
Meanwhile, Iringan said that the three failing towns will be asked to explain and, in case the reasons cited are deemed unacceptable, the LGUs will be sanctioned.
Based on the assessment and validation form, there are six indicators that determine the LGUs’ score: 50 points for road clearing, 15 points for rehabilitation, 15 points for the ordinance, 10 points for displacement, five points for grievance mechanism and five points for inventory.
The Cordillera region is among the regions with high compliance rating in the road clearing directive report by the DILG. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)
By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis