By Chito Chavez
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on Sunday has created a task force as the second round of the road-clearing operations in the country mandated by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will kick off on Monday.
Earlier, Belmonte signed Executive Order No. 9 Series of 2020, creating the Quezon City Task Force Road Clearing 2.0, which will be placed under the Office of the Mayor.
She explained the order stemmed from DILG’s Memorandum Circular No. 2020-27, mandating the continued implementation of President Duterte’s directive to clear roads of illegal obstructions and ensure efforts to maintain the cleared roads are sustained.
In the said memorandum, the DILG has directed all barangay chairman to be on top of the road clearing operations in the barangay roads and minor public-use streets within their respective turfs.
“Barangay heads are also tasked to maintain other local roads turned over by the city government,’’ Belmonte said.
With the latest directive, Belmonte urged local residents to cooperate with the city government in its effort to clear roads from different kinds of obstructions.
Aside from posting it on the city’s official Facebook page, residents can also report abusive traffic enforcers via Hotline 122.
Under Belmonte’s order, she will head the task force with the chief of staff and assistant city administrator for operations as vice chairpersons. The point person will be the head of the Barangay and Community Relations Department (BCRD).
Members of the task force will be the heads of the Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS), Task Force on Transport and Traffic Management (TFTTM), Tricycle Regulation Division (TRD), Task Force Disiplina, Market Development and Administration Department (MDAD), Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD), Task Force Solid Waste Management (TFSWM); Social Services and Development Department (SSDD), Housing, Community Development and Resettlement Department (HCDRD), Department of the Building Official (DBO); Business Permits and Licensing Department (BPLD), City Assessor’s office (CAO), City Engineering Department (CED), Anti-Dangling Wire Unit, Task Force Street-lighting, Parks Development and Administration Department; City Architect Department (CArD); City Planning and Development Office (CPDO), Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DDRMO), City Health Department (CHD), City Veterinary Department (CVD) and the Public Affairs and Information Services Department (PAISD).
The task force will monitor the implementation of the directive at the barangay level and craft strategies to ensure the compliance and cooperation of barangay chairman.
“It will also extend necessary support and exact accountability and impose sanctions against non-supportive or non-compliant local officials and employees,” said Belmonte.