December 6, 2023

LAGAWE, Ifugao – The punong barangay of Poblacion South appealed for cooperation on the continued implementation of the presidential directive to clear roads of illegal obstructions.
Punong Barangay Cresente Daang appealed to the employees of the provincial government of Ifugao, the municipal government of Lagawe, and all motorists not to park along the roads.
The Capitol and the municipal building are within the jurisdiction of Poblacion South.
Daang said the road in front of the Capitol and Lagawe Municipal Hall and the adjacent roads along the plaza should remain open. He noted that said roads are again being used as parking spaces mostly by employees.
He said the Department of the Interior and Local Government has called the attention of the barangay officials to sustain the gains of the road clearing last year and clear the roads within the public plaza which are becoming congested again due to parked vehicles.
Daang warned that vehicle owners who will still use the roads as parking spaces will be apprehended, their plate numbers captured, and will be issued citation tickets.
DILG Sec. Eduardo Ano issued last Feb. 7 Memorandum Circular 2020-027 directing all local government units to continue clearing roads of obstructions.
LGUs are given 75 days to show significant results in the removal of obstructions on all roads in their respective jurisdiction. Punong barangays are in charge of the road-clearing operations in barangays roads and minor public-use streets, including the maintenance of local roads turned over by the city or municipal government.
LGUs that fail to comply with the directive will be issued a show-cause order by the DILG and may face administrative cases.
In the first round of the road clearing directive implementation, 97 LGUs were found non-compliant and were issued show-cause orders.
DILG has already filed administrative charges against 12 mayors including Mayor Benido Balao-as Sr. of Boliney, Abra for failing to clear roads of obstructions in their jurisdiction. – Redjie M. Cawis