February 3, 2023

Four municipalities in the Cordillera received a “failed” mark during the assessment of the Department of the Interior Local Government of the implementation of road clearing operations.
These are Boliney and Manabo in Abra; Kabayan, Benguet; and Banaue, Ifugao which were among the 97 towns in the country that received “failed” remarks from their respective DILG provincial offices, which conducted the assessment.
In the DILG’s assessment report as of Oct. 15, Baguio City received a low compliance rate along with La Trinidad and Itogon while Atok, Bakun and Sablan, all in Benguet, received medium compliance rating.
Bokod, Buguias, Kapangan, Kibungan, Mankayan, Tuba and Tublay, also in Benguet received a high compliance rating.
In Ifugao, Aguinaldo and Lamut received low compliance; Lagawe and Kiangan received medium compliance rating while towns found to have high compliance ratings are Alfonso Lista, Asipulo, Hingyon, Hungduan, Mayoyao, and Tinoc. 
All 10 municipalities in Mountain Province received high compliance ratings while Kalinga’s eight towns including Tabuk City received a low compliance rating.
The DILG said the Cordillera along with Regions 2, 3, 4, and 12 are rated highly compliant LGUs.  
In its press release, the DILG said the 97 non-compliant LGUs were given five days from receipt of the show cause orders to explain their non-compliance.
“Otherwise, the DILG will have no recourse but to submit their names to the President and file the necessary complaints with the Ombudsman,” the agency warned.
The 97 LGUs issued with show cause orders include 11 from Region 1, one each from Regions 2, 3, and 6; seven from Region 4B; 10 from Region 5; 12 from Region 7; nine from Region 8; 18 from Region 9; 13 from Region 10; three each from Regions 11 and Region 12, and four from Region 13.
Reports from the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and Region 4A are still being collated.
Despite this, the agency reported a generally successful road clearing operations all over the country.
Based on the validation reports from 1,246 LGUs, 6,899 roads in the country were cleared of all types of obstruction with 328 LGUs getting high compliance rating, 497 LGUs getting medium compliance rating, 323 having low compliance rating, and 97 LGUs with failing marks.
Earlier, DILG-Cordillera Director Marlo Iringan said each LGU should impose strict monitoring mechanisms on roads cleared from obstruction, especially to its barangay officials.
“Very important ang role ng barangay officials. They are the ones who are always present in the community. They can easily monitor whether the people will again go back to their old ways, meaning they will again use the sidewalks and roads for their private use,” Iringan said. – Ofelia C. Empian