The municipal government of Santo Tomas has started clearing streets and sidewalks of illegally-parked vehicles and other obstructions.
Mayor Gloria Ronquillo personally led the clearing teams, composed of personnel from the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, and barangay and municipal officials, in removing road obstructions along MacArthur Highway in Barangay Balangcas here.
Ronquillo said the clearing operation is part of her commitment to abide by the marching order of President Rodrigo Duterte to clear major road networks of obstructions.
Teams cleared areas of garbage, illegally parked vehicles and structures that have spilled into the road’s canal system.
Ronquillo said the traffic problem here was due to a number of factors, including obstruction of the streets, alleys, sidewalks, and parks for commercial purposes, causing inconvenience to motorists.
“This area is the entrance to our town. The traffic has been a problem here and there have been cases of accidents brought about by obstructions,” Ronquillo said.
Barangay Balangcas is notorious for parked vehicles along the side of the highway. The area is a cottage industry site for locally-produced vehicles.
The mayor said she will give a grace period to those found causing road obstruction to clear areas they have occupied.
Memorandum Circular 2019-121 was issued by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on July 29 mandating the clearing of public roads being used by individuals or entities.
The DILG memorandum encouraged local officials to exercise their powers to revoke permits that give private entities authority to use parts of any public road. (PNA)
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