MANILA - Barangay officials should face administrative liabilities, while police officials should be demoted if they fail to clear roads in their respective jurisdictions, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno told senators Tuesday.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) earlier issued a memorandum ordering local governments nationwide to reclaim streets being used as private properties or commercial areas.
Without a law, vendors would dismantle their stalls but would eventually put it back when authorities are not looking, said Moreno, who has been reclaiming the streets of Manila since last month.
“Kung papapanagutin mga mayor, papanagutin na din 'yung mga pulis at barangay chairman dahil kawawa naman ang mga mayor. Ang laki-laki ng siyudad,” Moreno told members of the Senate Committee on Local Government.
Chairmen should be immediately suspended, while police officials who fail to rid their jurisdictions of illegal structures should be demoted, he said.
“The Supreme Court said streets are beyond the commerce of men... What is harsh there? Demotion because of negligence,” he said.
Should his proposal be considered by lawmakers, Moreno said he prefers to have a one-strike policy.
“‘Pag sinabi natin na testing-testing lang, lalong malilito. There must be certainty, government units following one direction,” he said.
“Hindi naman siguro masama na makamtan ng pangkalahatan ang kalye,” he said.
Moreno also asked lawmakers and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) officials present in the meeting to give mayors more leeway in developing creeks.
Under existing policies, the management of creeks is under the MMDA’s jurisdiction.
“Kung maaari bigyan kami ng ease o kaluwagan with regards to redevelopment, utilizing creeks in our municipalities and cities para magamit 'yung space,” the mayor said.
Moreno said he wants to put up cantilevered decks on several portions of Manila’s creeks so that the space can be utilized for perpendicular parking or stores.
Senator Imee Marcos suggested to put up more night markets in the capital city to allow vendors do business during “off hours.”