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  • Kristel Cawas Baruzo

'Deadline of Road-Clearing Operation January 15' - DILG

Quezon City, Philippines - Department of the Interior Local Government (DILG) reminds all Local Government Units (LGUs) to continue with the nationwide Road-Clearing Operations 2.0 (RCO 2.0) as the deadline which is January 15, 2020 is fast approaching.

“Now that the holidays are over, we expect all LGUs to pick up where they left off in their road clearing operations. They were supposed to start November 16 last year up to January 15,” said Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya through a DILG Press Release on Monday, January 11, 2020.

“Balik trabaho na naman po tayo kaya kailangan nating seryosohin ang road clearing para sa mas maluwag na lansangan at para na rin sa kapakanan nating lahat,” Malaya continues.

On January 16 to 22, 2021, provincial, city and municipal compliance validation shall be conducted by DILG Validation Teams including Tricycle Route Plans to ensure alternate routes to be provided to tricycles that are prohibited by law from operation on National Highways.

“As we begin the New Year, we must also continue our transition to the new normal. This calls for the need to ensure that our roads remain safe, accessible, and free from illegal and potentially hazardous encroachments,” he said.

Full implementation limited in some areas

The RCO 2.0 full implementation is however limited to areas under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) as per DILG Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 2020-145.

The full implementation includes removal of road and sidewalk obstructions, conduct of road inventories, physical removal of road obstructions without prejudice to the property rights of the affected stakeholders, crafting and implementation of displacement plans, rehabilitation, and maintenance of cleared roads, and creation of a grievance mechanism.

Partial implementation of the RCO 2.0 shall be done in areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ); which is limited to the actual or physical removal or abatement of road and sidewalk obstructions that are considered hazardous to motorists and pedestrians.

These include unauthorized parked vehicles, illegal structures, nuisances, and any other structures erected along or standing on, made immovable or otherwise, that impede safe and convenient passage through public road or sidewalk.

Said road clearing operations are suspended in areas under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) and Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).

Malaya likewise reminded LGUs that the operation shall be done in accordance with minimum health standard protocol.



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