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Manila intensifies clearing work

Hananeel Bordey



Digital lookup Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso and National Capital Region Police Office chief Debold Sinas inspect Manila North Cemetery on the eve of All Saints’ Day. The management now offers computerized location service for those searching for the graves of their loved ones. Bob Dungo Jr.

Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso will take the medium compliance rating the City of Manila received from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) as a basis for improving his performance in the years to the come.

The grading came from the assessment of cities and municipalities nationwide of how they efficiently implemented a DILG directive to free all national roads of all forms of obstructions.

The mayor said compared with other cities in Metro Manila, Manila doesn’t have exclusive villages. He said obstructions in these cities could be removed in just two days.

“It is hard to compare the City of Manila to cities like Makati or Taguig and Pasig, because they have a lot of subdivisions. Let’s just say, Makati’s only problems are Cembo, Rembo and Sto. Niño. Other than that, they will not think of any other obstructions,” Domagoso said in a radio interview.

Although the order by the DILG was inspired by his efforts to reopen to vehicles congested areas such as Divisoria and C. M. Recto Avenue, he stressed the effort was done for the sake of his constituents and not for acknowledgement by the government.

Domagoso pointed out that he faced the capital city’s filthy roads when he assumed his post as mayor.

“Manila, as you know, it was really dirty when I assumed (as mayor). We are about 896 barangays. If you will compare it, even if you combine all their operations in Metro Manila, it will not be enough. In Manila, we had about 3,000 operations before and during the memorandum released by DILG,” he added.

Last 11 October, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año released the compliance result to their memorandum of Metro Manila local government units (LGU).

The said classification was based on how the LGU acted on the government’s road clearing operations.

Aside from Manila, the cities of Pasig, Muntinlupa, and Quezon got medium compliance.

Cities with high compliance ratings are Marikina, Muntinlupa, San Juan, Pasay, Parañaque, Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela, Las Piñas and Makati, including the municipality of Pateros.
Taguig was the only city that got a low compliance rating.