By Anthony Giron
IMUS CITY, Cavite—The mettle of the local government in ridding off roads and sidewalks of obstructions would be put to a test as actions have already started in the turf.
Mayor Emmanuel Leonardo Maliksi has distributed on Wednesday (August 14) to barangay (village) captains the copies of the memorandum from Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) directing the removal of obstructions on roads/sidewalks.
The distribution was made by Maliksi during the meeting with barangay officials at the City Hall’s Multi-Purpose Room which deliberated, among others, the community development plans and program.
The DILG earlier called on the local government units (LGUs) to comply with the memorandum’s provisions.
Obstructions refer to vendor stalls and small edifices and other structures that blocked roads/sidewalks and the illegally parked vehicles such as cars, jeepneys and tricycles.
Removing obstructions in the city is indeed a gargantuan task for mayors and barangay captains considering the stalls with “butaw” (fees) collected from vendors particularly on market and “talipapa” (flea market).
Another problem is the vehicles owned by residents with no garage, cars of employees or any individuals who use road sides as parking areas and the tricycles, jeepneys and buses that also use the areas as terminals.
City Engineer Christian Mervin Sarno said that a task force was created by the mayor that will oversee the implementation of the memorandum against road/sidewalk obstructions.
The overseers and the implementing bodies were named as the mayor himself, other local officials, the barangay league, police, the local traffic management and disaster and risk reduction management offices, and engineering and planning departments.
“We have to stand united on the drive against obstruction and we need the cooperation of everyone,” Sarno said.
Imus is being watched by observers in the implementation of the memorandum against road obstruction being the province’s capital.
Officials in other cities and municipalities in upland and lowland districts have also started their moves against obstruction on the first week of August after the DILG memorandum was issued on July 29 this year.