February 1, 2023

The Department of Interior and Local Government said that the nationwide road clearing efforts by local government units have been “generally successful” as only 97 out of the 1,245 LGUs all over the country have been found to be non-compliant and will be issued show cause orders.

“Sa kabila ng mga balakid at pagsubok na kanilang dinaanan, masasabi ko pang malaking bahagdaan o porsyento ng mga pamahalaang lokal sa bansa ang nakiisa sa ating layunin,” said DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Ano in a press conference.

“We congratulate the LGUs for their commitment. Sa tutoo lang, mahirap itong trabahong ito but despite this, we have achieved a resounding participation and compliance from a greater number of LGUs,” he added.

The DILG Secretary, however, said despite the significant success in road clearing, “we must be strict and abide with our own pronouncement of imposing corresponding sanctions to non-compliant LGUs.”

“Following the strenuous validation efforts of the DILG, 97 LGUs all over the country which were non-compliant will be issued show cause orders. These were LGUs that garnered a failed rating in the validation conducted by the department,” he said.

Of the 97 LGUs, 11 are from Region 1, one each from Regions 2 and 3, seven from Mimaropa, 10 from Region 5, one from Region 6, 12 from Region 7, nine from Region 8, 18 from Region 9, 13 from Region 10, three each from Regions 11 and 12, and four each from Region and Cordillera Administrative Region.

The DILG Secretary said the 97 non-compliant LGUs are given five days from receipt of the show cause orders for them to explain their non-compliance, otherwise the DILG will submit their names to the President and file the necessary complaints with the Office of the President.

Ano said that in terms of nationwide compliance to DILG MC 2019-121, a total of 1,148 have passed the DILG validation with 328 registering high compliance rating, followed by 497 for medium compliance and 323 under low compliance.

Among the highly compliant regions are Regions 2, 3, 6, 12 and Cordillera.

“The regions did not disappoint. We are happy to share that our road clearing campaign is also thriving in all parts of the country as mirrored through the numbers from our validation efforts,” Ano said.

He said with its success, the nationwide road clearing program of the DILG will continue and validation of the DILG will now be done on a quarterly basis.

“We urge the public to continue reporting and be vigilant, and cooperate to ensure the long-term success of the program,” he said. – DILG release