- The Philippines’ largest city has finally finished its clearing operations and has gotten rid of major obstructions in its streets, its local mayor announced Friday.
- Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said the local government has been compliant with the order of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to clear the streets in 60 days.
- The city also created a campaign to accommodate a market place for displaced vendors, more parking areas, and more alternative routes for motorists.
MANILA, Philippines—Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte announced on Friday that the local government has successfully completed its clearing operations following the orders of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to rid the streets of obstructions.
“Quezon City is 100 percent done in its clearing operations. For the past weeks, the QC local government through its Task Force 60 Days has been persistent in its efforts to comply with the rules of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in these operations,” Belmonte said.
But Belmonte noted that the DILG directive covers national roads and primary and secondary roads which includes the MMDA Mabuhay lanes and the proposed Quezon City Bayanihan sa Lansangan routes.
“Actually, we went over and beyond what was required by also clearing streets that are not on the list. A total of 152 roads and streets were cleared from obstructions and illegal structures including national roads and Mabuhay Lanes traversing the city such as Quezon Avenue, Commonwealth Avenue, Quirino Avenue and Katipunan Avenue, among others. Many side streets and secondary roads were also cleared during the process,” she said.
Illegal structures such as police stations, barangay halls, and chapels built on
sidewalks and public roads have also been demolished as part of these initiatives, Belmonte added.
Atty. Ariel Inton, officer-in-charge of the city’s Task Force for Transport and Traffic Management, assured its local residents that even after the 60-day period, small streets, alleys, and thoroughfares will also undergo clearing operations.
Ordinances are also being proposed to sustain these efforts such as the creation of the Department of Transport and Management who will oversee the traffic management of the city. Barangay (village) officials are also tasked to maintain and continue the cleanliness of their streets and communities.
The QC Bayanihan sa Lansangan was also created as part of the city’s efforts to sustain the cleared streets “forever” by giving stalls and market places for displaced vendors, talking to private lot owners for possible parking areas, and identifying more alternative routes for motorists.
Source: Quezon City Local Government