BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 21 (PIA) -- The Department of Interior and Local Government reported that the Cordillera Administrative Region is among the regions which have complied well with the road clearing directive of President Rodrigo Duterte.
In a report released by the DILG, Cordillera together with Regions II, III, VI and XII are among the highly compliant regions based on the DILG Memorandum Circular 2019-121 implementing the President's directive during his 2019 State of the Nation Address to clear all roads of illegal structures and constructions nationwide.
In terms of nationwide compliance, a total of 1,148 have passed the DILG validation with 327 registering High Compliance rating, followed by 498 for Medium Compliance, and 323 under Low Compliance.
According to the DILG, the nationwide road clearing efforts by local government units (LGUs) have been "generally successful."
"The regions did not disappoint. We are happy to share that our road clearing campaign is also thriving in all parts of the country as mirrored through the numbers from our validation efforts," DILG Secretary Ano said in a statement.
There were 97 LGUs out of the 1,245 all over the country that have been found to be non-compliant and will be issued show cause orders by the DILG.
Four LGUs in the Cordillera namely Manabo and Boliney in Abra, Banaue in Ifugao and Kabayan in Benguet are among the 97 LGUs that have garnered failed rating as reported by DILG.
However, the Benguet Provincial Validation Team headed DILG Provincial Director Rufina Fegcan clarified that in the case of Kabayan, an assigned scoring in one of the parameters was inadvertently omitted in the score card submitted. Based on the rectified overall score, Kabayan got perfect rating.
Meanwhile, DILG Baguio City Director Evelyn Trinidad said that the national road clearing program is now a continuous program of the government and the DILG will conduct quarterly validation of road clearing efforts of all local government units starting this December.
Trinidad said that despite the effective road clearing efforts, there are several more parameters being looked at during the validation of LGUs.
Based on the assessment and validation form, there are six indicators that determine the LGUs' score: 50 points for road clearing, 15 points for rehabilitation, 15 points for the ordinance, 10 points for displacement, five points for grievance mechanism and five points for inventory. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)