BORONGAN, August 9, 2019–A 60-day countdown was issued by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) for all Mayors to make sure that Barangay Captains will clear all road obstructions in their respective barangays.
Through Memorandum Circular (MC) 2019-121 which was issued last July 29, local chief executives are ordered “to exercise their powers essential to reclaim public roads which are being used for private ends, and in the process rid them of illegal structures and constructions.”
Although the MC mentions only the clearing of “illegal structures and constructions,” DILG Provincial Director Visitacion V. Giva pointed out that even parked vehicles on the side of the road should also be removed since they obstruct public roads.
“Actually this clearing operation primarily focuses on markets and vendors that obstruct our public roads and sidewalks so it’s not really just structures,” Giva said.
“The emphasis is to clear obstructions,” she added.
According to DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya, mayors are expected to take the lead and ensure that barangay captains within their jurisdiction will cooperate and comply with the clearing operations.
“We have been deluged by complaints from the people about Barangay Captains who are failing to act and worse being complicit and actively tolerating road obstructions. The mayors have to make them accountable because that’s their mandate and responsibility,” he said.
According to Section 32 of the Local Government Code, the city or municipality, through the city or municipal Mayor concerned, shall exercise general supervision over component Barangays to ensure that said Barangays act within the scope of their prescribed powers and functions.
Also under the Local Government Code, an elective local official may be disciplined, suspended, or removed from office based on dishonesty, oppression, misconduct in office, gross negligence, or dereliction of duty. (Nikko Bajado / ESTE News)