December 5, 2023

The Department of the Interior and Local Government has called on local government units in the Cordillera to continue the road clearing operations in areas under the modified general community quarantine starting Nov. 16. 

DILG-Cordillera Marlo Iringan said the continuation of road clearing operations is in line with DILG Memorandum Circular 2020-145, which gave LGUs until Jan. 15 to clear roads within their jurisdictions of obstructions.

Iringan said LGUs must fully enforce President Rodrigo Duterte’s road  clearing directive in areas under MGCQ. Partial implementation of the measure is permitted in areas under the GCQ.

In accordance with the guidelines of the Department of Health and the Inter-agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, the implementation of road clearing is suspended in areas under enhanced community quarantine or modified ECQ to ensure that LGUs will focus all efforts on containing the spread of the Covid-19. 

The road clearing initiative is in compliance with the President’s directive for concerned agencies to reclaim public roads that are being used for non-public ends, especially to rid them of unlawful structures and making sure that they are not used as parking spaces.

In 2019, the President tasked the DILG to oversee the actions taken by the LGUs in clearing road obstructions and reclaiming public roads. – DILG release