The City Engineer’s Office is planning to implement the improvement or rehabilitation of reclaimed roads in Bacolod Cityby the first quarter of this year.
City Engineer Belly Aguillon yesterday said that sincethe P150 million local fund allocated by the city for the project is not enough to compete all areas that have been reclaimed, the mayor has identified the main thoroughfares to be given priority.
They hope to implement the improvement of cleared roads by the first quarter of this year, she said.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia said the P150 million estimated local fund for infrastructure will be primarily concentrated on areas that have been cleared, such as Lopez Jaena Street.
Leonardia said barangay officials have the authority to remove structures in their barangays that obstruct passageways or roads.
He said Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Memorandum Circular No. 2019-167 mandates local chief executives to transfer responsibility to the respective barangays to be primarily responsible for the continued maintenance and sustainability of cleared roads. The individual barangays will also have individual accountability.
Bacolod DILGdirector Ma. Joy Maredith Madayag said the barangay captains will be responsible for the maintenance of these cleared roads.
Madayag said the DILG is mandated to monitor and to recommend administrative and criminal sanctionsfor non-cooperative and non-supportive local officials and employees and includes the barangays after conducting validation.
Executive assistant Butch Soliguen said they have already cleared 9,966 illegal structures out of the total 11, 517 in Bacolod. There are about 1,951 structures left to be removed.
Leonardia said the 87 percent achieved by Bacolod City is not 100 percent, considering that there is ongoing implementation of the DILG Memorandum circular No. 2019-121 concerning the clearing of public nuisance along roads, alleys, sidewalks and thoroughfares in Bacolod City.
However, they might be able to improve more, considering that the implementation of the program is ongoing, he said.
Leonardia said that, given the size of Bacolod and the volume of structures that they have to deal with, they feel that they have done well.*
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