BAUKO, Mountain Province – The interior and local government department’s Provincial Management and Cooperating Committee (PMCC) is now going around the province to monitor the compliance of the barangays and municipalities to the marching orders of President Rodrigo Duterte for all local officials to recover all public roads and sidewalks encroached by private properties in their areas of jurisdiction within a 60-day period that will lapse at the end of the month.
The PMCC is composed of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) family, the DILG provincial office, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in the province, the Mountain Province Provincial Police Office and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), together with the Presidential Communications and Operations Office (PCOO) among other stakeholders recently monitored the compliance of the barangays and municipality’s to the government’s anti-obstruction mandate.
Led by DILG Provincial Director Anthony Manolo I. Ballug, the PMCC was joined by the Municipal Task Force on Demolition of Illegal Structures and Clearing of Public Roads from Obstructions which is headed by Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator Walter B. Dalang.
The PMCC and the municipal task force members monitored the status of national roads from barangays of Sinto to Mabaay and Abatan to Otucan Sur, and the provincial road from barangay Mabaay to Abatan.
Based on the findings of both the PMCC and the municipal task force, the challenges that confront the realization of the presidential directive are alleged hard-headed owners of illegally parked motor vehicles, business establishments using sidewalks and structures occupying the road-right-of-way.
Initially, the PMCC assessed the compliance of Bauko to the presidential directive to be at 90 percent or high compliance pending the submission of copies of documents pertaining to ordinances on traffic and road management, and inventory of national, provincial, municipal and barangay roads.
Earlier, Mayor Abraham B. Akilit ordered the creation of the municipal task force to localize the implementation of the presidential directive so that all roads that have been taken for private use will be brought back to cater to public needs.
The local chief executive urged the members of the municipal task force to sustain the unrelenting and uncompromising campaign of the municipal government against encroachments that have been done on the road-right-of-way of national and local roads so that people will be able to realize that the national and local governments mean business in the recovery of public roads and sidewalks to allow the public to freely use the same for their convenience in travelling inside and outside the municipality.
He claimed that notable accomplishments in the municipal government’s campaign against obstructions on the road-right-of-way of national and local roads to ensure that there will be available spaces for public needs.