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QC completes clearing operations

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Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said the city government reached 100 percent of its clearing operations on public properties as ordered by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

“Quezon City is 100 percent done in its clearing operations. For the past weeks the QC local government through its Task Force 60 Days has been persistent in its efforts to comply with the rules of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in this operations,” Belmonte said.

The DILG has set September 29, 2019 as the deadline for the local government units (LGU) nationwide to complete the dismantling of all forms of obstructions on government properties.

However, Belmonte explained the DILG directive covered national roads, and primary and secondary roads which included the MMDA Mabuhay lanes and the proposed Quezon City Bayanihan sa Lansangan routes.

“Actually, we went over and beyond what was required by also clearing streets that are not on the list. A total of 152 roads and streets were cleared from obstructions and illegal structures including national roads and Mabuhay Lanes traversing the city such as Quezon Avenue, Commonwealth Avenue, Quirino Avenue and Katipunan Avenue, among others. Many side streets and secondary roads were also cleared during the process,” she added.

She noted that illegal structures, such as police stations, barangay halls, and chapels built on sidewalks and public roads, have also been demolished as part of these initiatives.

Atty. Ariel Inton, officer-in-charge of the city’s Task Force for Transport and Traffic Management, assured local residents that even after the 60-day period, small streets, alleys and thoroughfares will also undergo clearing operations.

“Netizens have been asking and sending us photos of sidewalks and streets with bstructions. We want to inform them that while these are not part of the priority list, we will still operate on these areas moving forward. This is part of our mitigating efforts to improve the traffic flow and congestion in our city,” Inton said.

Belmonte noted that ordinances are also being proposed to sustain these efforts such as the creation of the Department of Transport and Management that will oversee the traffic management of the city.

She added that barangay officials have also been tasked to maintain and continue the cleanliness of their streets and communities.

The QC Bayanihan sa Lansangan has also been created as one of the city’s efforts to sustain the cleared streets “forever” by giving stalls and market places for displaced vendors, talking to private lot owners for possible parking areas, and identifying more alternative routes for motorists.

Belmonte also commended the collective effort of Task Force 60 Days, QC Department of Public Order and Safety, barangay officials, private companies, and Quezon City citizens for ensuring that the city will be strictly compliant of the President’s directive.

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