BAGUIO CITY, Sept 20, (PIA) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the City Government of Baguio have started to demolish illegally built structures along Marcos Highway.
Based on the inventory and assessment of DPWH Baguio District Engineering Office, a total of 267 structures are in violation of the 30 meters road right of way(RROW) from the center of the road for national roads like Marcos Highway.
Department of the Interior and Local Government-Cordillera(DILG- CAR) Regional Director Marlo Iringan said the demolition of structure for road clearing is in compliance with President Duterte's order during his 4th State of the Nation Address last July to clean and clear all illegal structures and obstructions in the country's streets and roads.
The order was followed by a circular from DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano, which gives LGUs 60 days to clear roads within their jurisdiction of any form of obstruction. The deadline is set on September 29.
DILG Baguio City Director Evelyn Trinidad stressed that the demolition is just a start to show that the government is serious on the road clearing efforts particularly along the areas where structures have been built.
"Baka akala nila sabi lang natin, but this is a signal already that they will know the government is serious 'pag sinabing road clearing," Trinidad said.
She clarified that prior to the demolition operations, the local government unit of Baguio and the DPWH have complied with the procedural requirement such as properly informing the owners about the violation and notice of demolition properly received. A pre-demolition conference was also conducted a day before the demolition was undertaken.
Meanwhile, Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong called on the DPWH to fast-track the notification of the violators of the RROW on other national highways like Naguilian Road and Kennon Road.
"We have to do this now. We should send a strong message that we are serious in implementing the President's order to clear the roads of obstruction for public purpose and to reclaim those which are being used by anybody," said Magalong.
Iringan reminded the different LGUs in the Cordillera on their compliance with the tall order of the President which will lapse at the end of the month. He said LGUs are required to submit regular accomplishments which the DILG will consolidate and submit to the Office of the President on or before October 11.
Iringan said LGUs that will not be able to do a 100 percent compliance will be made to explain their lapses and may face consequences. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)