LOCAL Government Secretary Eduardo M. Año announced that the 60-day countdown for Metro Manila mayors to finish clearing road obstructions has started as he urged the public to cooperate with their local government units (LGUs).
“This program to clear all road obstructions in Metro Manila as well as all over the country is long overdue. Hindi na uubra ang mga alibi lalo na’t ang Pangulo na mismo ang nag-utos. Kelan pa ba tayo aaksyon para maibsan ang traffic?” Año said in a meeting with Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Danilo Lim and all Metro Manila mayors.
(Alibis will no longer work, especially since it is the President that has given the order. When will act to ease traffic?)
Año also told mayors to prioritize clearing primary roads, including arterial roads leading to main thoroughfares such as Commonwealth Avenue, Osmeña Highway, Aurora Boulevard, and others that were contributing to traffic congestion.
Next on the list, the DILG secretary said, would be tertiary roads and residential areas where even the sidewalks were being used as tiangge (goods’ stalls), parking area, sari-sari store and house extension.
“Talagang nagkaroon ng pagpapabaya sa bahagi ng LGU at pagmamalabis sa bahagi ng mga mamamayan. Kapag pinabayaan natin ito, sisikip ng sisikip ang mga daanan, mas lalong lalala ang traffic at walang mangyayaring pagbabago,” says Año.
(There was really neglect on the part of the LGUs and abuse on the part of the residents. If we don’t do anything, the roads will be more congested, traffic will worsen and there will be no change.)
Meanwhile, Año warned that he would not hesitate to recommend the suspension of any Metro Manila mayor “who fails or refuses to act decisively and urgently on the traffic situation within his locality.”
In the 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte, he tasked the DILG to ensure that LGUs shall reclaim public roads used for private purposes in order to ease traffic congestion.
Año had signed a memorandum order to all mayors across the country to clear the roads or face the consequences of their inaction. DARWIN PESCO