DILG warns contractors: Road widening not part of road clearing of obstruction order

DILG warns contractors: Road widening not part of road clearing of obstruction order

19.9.2019

DILG warns contractors: Road widening not part of road clearing of obstruction order

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday warned contractors or unscrupulous groups not to use the agency’s road clearing of obstruction order for other purposes.

Año issued the caution after receiving reports from La Union, Northern Samar, and other parts of the country that the circular was being used by contractors of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and some Local Government Units (LGUs) to remove century-old trees, demolish waiting sheds that do not obstruct sidewalks and even demolish structures in private lots without notice and just compensation.

“For example, the taking by government of private property for road widening purposes requires expropriation proceedings and the payment of just compensation after due notice and hearing,” he said.

DILG Undersecretary and spokesman Jonathan Malaya said the validation teams will check on the compliance of the LGUs with the presidential directive.

All DILG regional directors were also directed to “personally meet and interface with local chief executives (LCEs) of all towns and cities within their jurisdiction” for the smooth implementation of MC 121-2019.

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