The city government has called on barangay officials anew to continue the road clearing operations in their respective areas.
City Administrator Marie Angelique Go said Wednesday that clearing of roads from obstructions is a continuous effort and "not only good for one or two months".
Go's appeal came after Chief Insp. Jacqueline Ortega, the city fire marshal, recommended the continuous clearing of roads to prevent obstructions.
Ortega said narrow alleys and roads, obstructions of vehicles, dangling or sagging lines, low-lying trees and branches, are some of the common problems they have encountered in responding to fire calls.
Go noted the problem on road obstructions has recurred in some of the barangays that earlier have already cleared their roads and other passageways.
Barangay officials are supposed to be in the front line. In fact, many of these barangay chairmen have signed and consented that they will continue with their clearing activities. They are supposed to be the first responders, Go said.
She said the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) have sanctioned several local government units in the country for failure to comply with President Rodrigo Duterte's marching order to clear all roads from obstructions.
This will reflect us on how we are dealing with the road clearing. We do not want the DILG to file charges against us, Go said.
The DILG gave this city 98 percent rating as far as road clearing of obstruction is concerned.
Go said the achievement will go to waste if barangay officials will not maintain what they already started.
Source: Philippines News Agency