Taguig City intensifies road-clearing operations

MANILA The Taguig City government has embarked on intensive operations to clear the city streets and sidewalks of obstructions, in line with President Rodrigo Duterte's order to reclaim all public roads.

A joint team, composed of Taguig's Traffic Management Office, Public Order and Safety Office, Market Management Office, Business Permits and Licensing Office, General Services Office, and Solid Waste Management Office, City Engineering Office, Public Transport Office and Barangay Affairs Office together with the Philippine National Police and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, conducted the operations to clear the roads of illegal structures, illegal vending and illegally-parked vehicles.

In his fourth State of the Nation Address on July 22, Duterte ordered the Department of the Interior and Local Government to suspend all local government unit officials who refuse to clear all public roads to ease traffic congestion in the country.

In Taguig City, Mayor Lino Cayetano has signed an executive order right after he assumed office, directing all city departments to "intensify their efforts in ensuring pedestrian and vehicular mobility, and access to public services activities using public roads and other similar infrastructure to ensure public safety.

The EO underscored mobility as vital in urbanization and development.

Aside from the space occupied by roads, transport system, buildings and infrastructures, the associated pedestrian and vehicular movement invariably shapes the urban forms of the city, it added.

On Monday (July 29), DILG Secretary Eduardo M. AAo ordered LGUs to complete the clearing of all public properties in 60 days.

As it is, Taguig is already a pedestrian-centered city, but we want to make it even more so. We want to make Taguig an even more walkable city, Cayetano said.

Walkable city, after all, is a safe and healthy city, he added.

Upon his assumption of office, Cayetano has said making Taguig a safer and healthier city was of prime importance to his administration, making it part of his 10-point agenda.

Our leadership has been consistent with its mandate in regulating the use of and access to streets, highways and public roads and has regularly implemented clearing of all public roads in the city of all obstructions that may endanger the safety and impede pedestrian and vehicular traffic flow, he said.

For the past years, Taguig City has been conducting clearing operations five to seven times a week to rid the streets and sidewalks of obstructions. (PR)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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