DILG tells metro village chiefs to clear all roads of obstructions, or else…

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The Department of Interior and Local Government-National Capital Region (DILG-NCR) has issued a memorandum enjoining all barangay chairmen “to ensure that all roads within their area of jurisdiction are free from all kinds of obstructions.”

In a memorandum dated April 12, 2017, DILG-NCR said President Rodrigo Duterte himself has instructed its office and the MMDA to sue barangay officials who neglect or refuse to cooperate with concerned agencies in clearing roads of all types of obstructions.

“The DILG-NCR, in coordination with the city/municipal mayors who exercise supervisory power over barangays, through the City Management Office of the LGU (local government unit), will monitor barangay actions in carrying on the task in clearing local roads from (sic) obstructions.

Administrative complaint about the neglect of duty will be filed with the concerned Sangguniang Panlungsod and/or to the Office of the Ombudsman that roads are free from (sic) any obstructions,” the memorandum read.

The MMDA previously filed before the Ombudsman administrative cases against four barangay chairmen in Metro Manila for failing to clear local roads of obstructions. These roads have been initially cleared by MMDA personnel.