DILG shortens cleanup drive deadline to 45 days

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Posted at Jul 26 2019 02:02 PM

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The interior department is giving mayors of Metro Manila and other highly urbanized areas 45 days to clear illegal structures from roads, shortening the original deadline of 60 days, an official said Friday.

President Rodrigo Duterte, during his State of the Nation Address on Monday, ordered authorities to reclaim thoroughfares that are being used for private ends.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año on Monday will release a memorandum circular on Duterte's directive, said Interior Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III.

"Si Secretary Año, from the original 60 days [na deadline], sabi n'ya 45 days na lang. Ang basehan n'ya roon — ito rin ang sinabi ko sa Metro Manila Council without mentioning who he is — meron namang city dito sa Metro Manila nagawa iyan," Densing told radio DZMM.

(Secretary Año said that from the original 60-day deadline, it will just be 45 days. His basis here — and this what I told the Metro Manila Council without mentioning who he is — there is a city here in Metro Manila that did that.)

The memorandum will order local chief executives to submit an inventory of all roads and a plan on how to remove illegal structures, said Densing.

The police and Bureau of Fire Protection, he said, would also make their own inventory of roads to countercheck that of the local governments.

Failure to follow the memorandum will merit suspension, said Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez, head of the Metro Manila Council.

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DZMM, July 26, 2019