Aug. 8, 2018
MMDA Intensifies Crackdown Against Illegal Obstructions in Manila
The crackdown versus sidewalk obstructions intensifies as the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) seeks the help of Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in dealing with violators.
Despite appeal from the barangay chairwoman, clearing team from MMDA and Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) demolished the barangay hall of Barangay 235, Zone 22 District II in Villaruel St., Manila as it is encroaching the sidewalk.
According to MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim, the agency has notified repeatedly the barangay officials to remove structure but to no avail.
“This intensified campaign against obstructions is meant to show that we are serious in our job to clear the roads,” Lim stressed.
“We also sought the help of DILG Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs Martin Diño who committed to press charges against uncooperative barangay officials,” the MMDA Chairman explained as he called on barangay officials to cooperate.
Diño said barangay officials who will be found liable may face grave abuse of authority and dereliction of duty.
Illegally-parked vehicles in the area were also towed by the MMDA and MPTB in a bid to fully clear the street from obstructions.
Meanwhile, the MMDA also negotiated with the vendors along Juan Luna Street in Divisoria to cease from vending along the road and sidewalk
Lim, MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia, and MTPB Chief Dennis Alcoreza appealed to the sidewalk vendors to start their business hours at 5 p.m until 6 a.m. provided that they don’t occupy the streets.
“Kapag hindi kayo tumupad sa usapan at lumagpas kayo sa mga lugar na ibinigay sa inyo, kukumpiskahin namin ang mga paninda ninyo,” the MMDA Chairman warned.
Garcia, on the other hand, explained that for a long time the vendors are using the road, it is due time that they free it from obstructions so that motorists can utilize it.
Lim said the MMDA and Manila LGU will discuss possible relocation of vendors to fully address the issue.
Divisoria is considered as one of traffic chokepoints in Metro Manila.
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