MANILA, Philippines – Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya praised the City of Marikina as the “gold standard” in road clearing.

Sa tingin ko, Marikina is really the gold standard here because they’ve been doing it for a long time,” Malaya said on ANC’s Headstart.

The undersecretary noted that the city has been reclaiming public roads since Bayani Fernando became the city’s mayor in 1992. Since then, they have been continuing their efforts by passing “all necessary ordinances.”

Malaya also mentioned their fines for illegal parking, anti-towing and more. He said that the key to Marikina’s success is their “culture of discipline.”

With the deadline for LGUs on September 29 nearing, Malaya confirmed that there will be no extensions.

“We are very pleased because we all know how difficult local governments can be. We’re pleased that many of the mayors are doing things that we wouldn’t expect them to do,” Malaya said.

Once the 60-day period comes to a close, a validation team will assess the performance of LGUs in their compliance with the road clearing order. Those with red flags will be issued show-cause orders.

“If we’re not satisfied with the reply to the show-cause order, then we would have to submit their names to the President and the President would then suspend them from office,” Malaya said. (HGBH/LMO)

Photo from Marikina PIO Facebook page


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