Makati fully compliant with road clearing ops
Ghio Ong (The Philippine Star) - September 13, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines – Makati has fully complied with the directive of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to clear primary and secondary roads of obstructions ahead of the 60-day deadline.

Makati and the cities of Las Piñas, Marikina, Navotas and Valenzuela as well as the municipality of Pateros are the six local government units with 100 percent compliance, based on a report submitted to DILG National Capital Region director Maria Lourdes Agustin.

The report showed that a total of 52,113 meters of roads and sidewalks were cleared in Makati as of Sept. 4. 

Mayor Abby Binay said she was happy with the DILG report, which credited the efforts of the city government to promote safer streets.

“As early as 2017, we have been conducting road clearing operations on a daily basis, which gave us a good headstart,” Binay said.  

She said the program aims to promote the safety and mobility of the residents as well as workers and businesses in the city.

Binay acknowledged the contributions of local government offices in the campaign to clear the roads of obstructions.

“It was not an easy task, but with the concerted efforts of the city hall departments and offices and our collaboration with national government agencies, we were able to clear all kinds of obstructions such as sidewalk vendors and illegally parked vehicles to make the streets safe at all times,” the mayor said.

A total of 26,621 meters of roads and 25,492 meters of sidewalks were cleared by the city Public Safety Department, Department of Environmental Services, Department of Engineering and Public Works, Economic Enterprise Management Office, Makati Action Center and Makati Veterinary Services Office in coordination with the Makati police.

The teams also removed 1,031 illegally parked vehicles, 111 illegal vendors and other obstructions. 

The city government participated in road clearing operations led by the Highway Patrol Group Inter-Agency Council on Traffic.

Binay urged sidewalk vendors and tricycle drivers not to return to the streets or set up illegal terminals in the streets.

She asked barangay officials to do their part in ensuring that the roads and sidewalks are free from obstructions.            


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