101 LGUs failed to clear primary, secondary roads

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    THE Department of the Interior and Local Government yesterday said the number of local government units that failed to comply with the Presidential directive to clear primary and secondary roads of obstacles have increased from 97 to 101.

    DILG spokesman Usec Jonathan Malaya said the number of LGUs that failed to comply with the directive was reached after the department’s Bureau of Local Government Supervision received compliant reports from the field.

    “One hundred one (101) LGUs received a failed rating and were issued show cause orders by the Department,” Malaya said.

    Malaya said as of Oct. 16, the DILG-Bureau of Local Government Supervision said of the 1,516 validated LGUs, 387 got a high compliance rating, 635 got medium compliance, and 393 got low compliance.

    Malaya said another validation will be conducted in December.

    DILG Usec for barangay affairs Martin Dino said show cause orders have been issued to 99 barangays in the city of Manila alone. Dino said the chairmen of the 99 barangays will be given five days upon receipt of the show cause order to explain why the DILG will not impose sanctions on them.

    Dino said he would recommend to the city council to impose penalties ranging from suspension to removal from office on erring barangay chiefs. – Raymond Africa