Even before the 60-day deadline set by the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Marikina City has cleared 100 percent of the streets and sidewalks in the city.
“Ang ginagawa ng Marikina ngayon ay maintenance na. Based on the assesment sa compliance team ng DILG sa Marikina complied na ang Marikina at tapos na ang Marikina sa clearing of sidewalks and road ways [What Marikina is doing now is maintenance. Based on the assessment of the DILG compliance team, Marikina has complied with the clearing of sidewalks and road ways],” Mayor Marcy Teodoro said.
The DILG ordered the local government to submit a report stating the measures they took to clear the roads and sidewalks.
DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano said that what the Marikina City is doing, and even what it has done in the past, is worth emulating.
“Ang maganda sa Marikina paglabas mo ng bangketa hindi na sayo yan, pagaari na ng publiko yan kaya walang hari ng bangketa dun. Kaya dapat masundan natin ginawa ng Marikina [What is great about Marikina is that once you step out to the sidewalk, it’s not part of your property anymore. It’s owned by the public so no one can be a bully and own it. So we really need to follow what Marikina has done],” Ano added.
Meanwhile, the Quezon City government has cleaned up 80 barangays in the past three weeks since the DILG ordered it.
QC mayor Joy Belmonte said it was a tall order for them to maintain the roads and the sidewalks free from obstruction.
To address this, the local government will implement a stricter policy against illegal parking.
“Mag pi-print tayo ng maraming violation tickets. Tiket lang ng ticket. Tingin ko that is a good solution para masanay sila. Kung magviolate sila ng mag violate eh seryoso tayo ipenalized sila. [We will print many violation tickets. We will issue tickets left and right. I think that is a good solution for them to get used to it. If they will violate repeatedly, we will show them we are serious to penalize them], Belmonte said.
“Nagpabili na rin ako ng maraming wheel clamping devices para mag wheel clamping na tayo [I have also ordered to purchase as many wheel-clamping devices so we can already do wheel clamping (on vehicles)],” she added.
As she promised last week, the QC government demolished the barangay hall of Damayang Lagi in a clearing operation conducted on Friday, together with the DILG and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
Dmayang Lagi officials are now temporarily holding office at an improvised container van.
Belmonte said they still need to demolish 17 more barangay halls in the entire city to decongest the streets.
The group also destroyed a police traffic sector in Balintawak as it causes traffic congestion in the area.
The DILG will once again meet with the metro mayors for the assessment of their clearing operations and identify areas that are yet to be developed by the local governments. (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf