Robie de Guzman
Personnel from the Quezon City Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) on Tuesday (Sept. 24) removed more obstructions on roads and sidewalks as the 60-day deadline set for road clearing operations looms.
Among the obstructions dismantled by DPOS members were signages of some establishments along Pittsburgh street in Barangay Silangan, Cubao.
According to the DPOS intelligence division, these structures are illegally-installed on electric posts and violates a city ordinance which prohibits business owners from fixating any signage on undesignated areas.
“Lalong-lalo na kapag natakpan ang traffic light, natakpan ang pangalan ng street katulad ng signages dito, talagang ipinagbabawal iyon,” QC DPOS intelligence division chief Roger Cuaresma said.
The QC DPOS also removed an old and graffiti-laden barangay outpost erected along Illinois street in the same barangay.
Cuaresma said the unused outpost was brought to the barangay hall for proper disposal.
“Kung meron po tayong project na barangay outpost o kaya barangay control Area, naglagay tayo ng building e gamitin po natin iyon kasi unang-una pera ng gobyerno ginamit natin diyan,” he said.
DPOS also cleared some plant boxes and demolished a gate and other structures and materials occupying the sidewalk.
There are only five days left before the deadline lapses for all local government units to rid roads of obstructions in their respective areas.
The move is following President Rodrigo Duterte’s order during his fourth State of the Nation Address to reclaim thoroughfares that are being used for private ends to ease traffic congestion in the country.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) earlier warned that local officials who are unable to comply with the order would face sanctions ranging from a reprimand, suspension, to dismissal from the service. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Aiko Miguel)