Metro Manila mayors risk suspension over illegal parking


Posted at Jul 26 2019 08:08 AM

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Mayors in Metro Manila could face suspension if they fail to clear streets of illegal vendors and improperly parked vehicles within a month and a half, the head of the region's council of local chief executives said Friday.

President Rodrigo Duterte, during his annual report to the nation on Monday, ordered authorities to reclaim thoroughfares that are being used for private ends.

The 17 mayors of Metro Manila agreed to do so in a meeting on Thursday with the interior department, which is set to release a memorandum circular based on Duterte's directive, said Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez.

"Napag-usapan po kahapon doon ng 17 mayor ng Metro Manila na within 45 days ay maiayos po natin ito based doon sa pagbaba ng ating circular ng DILG. Kailangan sumunod po dito kung 'di subject for suspension po kami," said Olivarez, head of the Metro Manila Council.

(The 17 mayors of Metro Manila agreed there tbhat we need to fix this within 45 days based on the issuance of the circular of DILG. We need to follow this or else we would be subject for suspension.)

City councils, in turn, can suspend barangay officials who will fail to keep vendors and vehicles away from pavements after these are cleared by authorities, he told radio DZMM.

"Sumunod po tayo sa mga batas, sumunod po tayo sa mga ordinansa," Olivarez urged the public.

"Hindi po ito kagalingan ng kakaunting tao kundi kagalingan po ito ng karamihan at majority ng ating residente sa Metro Manila," he added.

(Let's follow the law, let's follow the ordinances. This is not for the welfare of the few, but rather for the welfare of the majority of Metro Manila residents.)

DZMM, July 26, 2019