Sixty days are enough for local government units (LGU) to complete road clearing operations in their respective towns and cities, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said Friday.
Año said no deadline extensions would be given after the mandated 60 days to comply with President Rodrigo Duterte's order to clean and clear all illegal structures and obstructions in the country's streets and roads.
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) sent Duterte's directive to all LGUs last July 29.
"All over the country, nakikita ko lahat naman ay sumusunod. Makakaya natin 'to," Año said.
(All over the country, they are all following. We can do this.)
The former military general said the DILG will review the LGUs' accomplishments after the 60-day deadline. Heads of LGUs found to have failed to comply with the President's order will be investigated and penalized, Año said.
"It would range from reprimand, suspension up to the dismissal. Dapat kung gusto nating madisiplina ang ating mga mamayan, magsisimula 'yan sa mga leaders ng mga local government," said Año.
(It would range from reprimand, suspension up to the dismissal. If want our citizens to be disciplined, it should start with leaders of local government.)
After the clearing operations, it will be the barangay officials' turn to preserve the cleanliness of their respective areas, Año said.
- Report from Martian Muyco, ABS-CBN News