DILG extends road-clearing operations deadline to February 15

Updated Jan 26, 2021 | Same topic: Latest Traffic Updates

This is to allow LGUs to prepare their vaccination programs.

Maintaining a smooth flow of vehicular traffic on public roads can be a massive task, and it’s heavily dependent on a number of factors, such as working traffic lights and the presence of diligent enforcers.

One of the more daunting challenges is keeping the roads clear of various obstructions such as makeshift structures and road works.

Road clearing operations

A makeshift vulcanizing shop along Commonwealth Avenue is dismantled as part of RCO 2.0

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has oversight in these matters, but there are admittedly more pressing matters at hand for the country’s local government units (LGUs). To that end, the agency announced that it is extending its deadline for Road Clearing Operation 2.0 (RCO 2.0) until February 15, 2021.

This extension has been granted to give LGUs more time to prepare their COVID-19 vaccination plans for their respective constituents. Previously, LGUs were given until January 22, 2021, to comply.

According to DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya, the LGUs need to focus their resources on developing their vaccination programs.

“The Department is fully cognizant of the urgency for LGUs to prepare their vaccination plans against COVID-19, that’s why the road clearing timeline is extended anew. This is, however, the last extension to be granted by the DILG,“ he said.

Sidewalk cleaning

Sidewalks are also cleaned for the safety of pedestrians

Under the DILG’s Memorandum Circular 2020-145, LGUs were given until January 15, 2021 to remove road obstructions in compliance with President Rodrigo Duterte’s road clearing directive, especially in areas that are under general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

The road clearing operations comprise seven components: removal of road obstructions, enactment of enabling ordinances, the conduct of an inventory of road obstructions, crafting and implementation of a displacement plan, rehabilitation of cleared roads, creation of a grievance mechanism, and compliance with the ban on tricycles along national roads. Validation teams will be cross-posted within these jurisdictions to monitor compliance.

Clearing shanties along creek

Creeks should also be cleared of shanties that contribute to flooding

In 2019, the DILG found 101 out of 1,245 LGUs nationwide to be non-compliant with the road clearing directive. These were issued show-cause orders, with administrative cases filed against 15 LGUs.    

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Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

Apart from his role in Philkotse as Content Team Lead, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.

Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.

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