The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has tossed to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) the role of clearing obstructions on alternate routes.
Corazon Jimenez, MMDA general manager, over the weekend said the primary role of the DILG is to clear roads of obstructions.
She said this job should be carried out by the barangay (villages), the smallest local government unit (LGU), which are under the DILG.
“Clearing roads of any obstruction is the primary role of DILG, which has jurisdiction over the barangay,” Jimenez told the agency’s weekly radio program.
Jimenez said the DILG has already issued marching orders for the villages to clear Mabuhay or Christmas lanes, which could be used as alternate routes, of any obstruction.
Among these obstructions are basketball courts, videokes and even eateries and canteens.
“The DILG has already manned and instructed the barangay to clear Mabuhay lanes of any obstruction,” she added.
Neomie Recio, MMDA traffic engineering head, said the agency has already called a joint meeting among officials of Pasay City, Caloocan City and Quezon City for such purpose.
Recio expressed belief that once these alternate routes will be cleared of obstructions, the busy Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) will no longer be congested.
The MMDA earlier opened Mabuhay lanes covering 17 roads that could be used by motorists from North to South.