During a Monday flag raising ceremony, Punong Barangay Cresente Daang appealed to the employees of the provincial government of Ifugao, the municipal government of Lagawe and the all motorists not to park along the roads. The provincial capitol and the municipal building are within the jurisdiction of Poblacion South.
Daang said the road in front of the Ifugao Provincial Capitol and Lagawe Municipal Hall and the adjacent roads along the plaza should be kept open. He noted that said roads are again being used as parking spaces mostly by employees.
He said the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Ifugao has called the attention of the barangay officials to sustain the gains of the road clearing last year; and clear the roads within the public plaza which are becoming congested again due to parked vehicles.
Daang warned that vehicle owners who will still use the roads as parking spaces face the risk of being apprehended, their plate numbers captured and issued citation tickets.
DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano issued last February 7 Memorandum Circular 2020-027 directing all local government units to continue implementing the directive on the clearing of roads of illegal obstructions issued by President Rodrigo Duterte during his to fourth State of the Nation Address last year.
LGUs are given 75 calendar days to show significant results in the removal of obstructions in all roads in their respective jurisdiction. Punong bangays shall be in charge of the road-clearing operations in barangays roads and minor public-use streets within their jurisdiction, including the maintenance of local roads turned over by the city or municipal government.
LGUs that fail to comply with the directive will be issued show- cause order by the DILG and may face administrative raps
In the first round of the road clearing directive implementation, at least 97 LGUs were found non-compliant and were issued show- cause orders. DILG has already filed administrative charges against 12 mayors including Mayor Benido Balao-as Sr. of Boliney, Abra for failing to clear roads of obstructions in their jurisdiction.
According to the DILG, the municipality of Boliney failed to present an inventory of the provincial, municipal and barangay roads in their area. An identified provincial road was also found with extended canopies as obstructions. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)
By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis