DILG Region 6 will form teams tovalidate the road clearing. Members will be from the Bureau of Fire Protection,Philippine National Police, civil society organizations, and DILG, saidDirector Ariel Iglesia. The PSTMO would be sustain the roadand sidewalk clearing operation, said Conlu, and it won’t allow vendors toreturn. ILOILO City – If the Public Safety andTransportation and Management Office (PSTMO) were to be believed, 95 percent ofpublic roads and sidewalks here have been cleared of obstructions. PSTMO chiefJeck Conlu expressed confidence the city government would be able to pass theevaluation to be conducted by the Department of Interior and Local Government(DILG). To ensure that no obstructions wouldmake a return to public roads and sidewalks, Iglesia urged local governmentunits to sustain the road clearing operations. In September, Treñas appealed for thecooperation most especially of sidewalk vendors. “Sige-sigehonta ini kay it has done so much good to the city,especially to the public nganagalakat-lakat sa Calle Real,” said Treñas. “Confident kita nga naobra naton ang tanan. Confident kita sa aton accomplishment,” said Conlu. “It doesn’t mean tapos na ang roadclearing after the deadline. This is a continuing responsibility of all thelocal officials down to the barangay level. Itotalaga ‘yung trabaho,” said Iglesia. “Pasangkaronpa gid namon kay dugangan pa gid niMayor ang amon equipment kag kinahanglanon,” said Conlu.Sept. 29 was President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadline for local government units toreclaim public roads being used for private ends. In fact, said Iglesia, the President’sroad clearing order was just a reiteration of existing laws, rules andregulations that local government officials should have been enforcing. Mayor Jerry Treñas agreed there arestill public roads and sidewalks in barangays yet to be cleared. He thenannounced he won’t be disbanding the teams tasked to do the clearing. Local chief executives who fail tocomply with the president’s directive would face sanctions ranging from areprimand, suspension, to dismissal from the service./PN “This road and sidewalk clearing ishappening all over the country as a result of President (Rodrigo) Duterte’sdirective. We cannot do otherwise but follow,” he stressed. This 95 percent, according to Conlu,are mostly major public roads and highways while the remaining five percent arepublic roads and sidewalks in barangays. Non-compliance to the road clearing orderwould result in the filing of appropriate administrative charges pursuant toSection 60 (c) of the Local Government Code of 1991 and other existing laws andpolicies.