Among the 11 municipalities, San Andres scored the highest with 97.46 points in the results of the Road Clearing Validation conducted by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) provincial office recently.
In its report before the Joint Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) last week, the DILG said that while San Andres was ranked 5th in the road clearing component, it garnered enough points in the other components of the validation criteria.
The validation team found seven (7) obstructions in the eight roads inspected, for a score of 49.46 points but missed out on a perfect 50 in the other five components, ending with 48.
On the other hand, while the capital town of Virac obtained the full 50 points from the other five components, it garnered only 32.68 points in the road clearing component, with the team discovering 195 obstructions in 10 roads assessed.
It ended up with 82.68 point, 9th among the 11 towns, while the Provincial Government of Catanduanes, which was also included in the assessment and got 84.28 points.
Here’s the scores of the other towns: Bagamanoc, 76.37 points; Baras, 85.86 points; Bato, 77.63 points; Caramoran, 95.88 points; Gigmoto, 89.25 points; Pandan, 94.89 points; Panganiban, 85.86 points; San Miguel, 77.13 points; and, Viga, 91 points.
Pursuant to DILG Memorandum Circular 2020-027 on the continued implementation of the Presidential directive to clear roads of illegal obstructions, all LGUs shall enact or review existing ordinances that provide for the conduct of road clearing operations and prohibitions of road obstructing structures and constructions; conduct an inventory or roads;regular conduct of road clearing operations; implement a displacement strategy for those affected by the conduct of road clearing operations; ensure that the cleared roads are rehabilitated and restored for public use; and, establish a grievance mechanism, either physical or electronic where citizens can report or provide suggestions on road clearing implementations.
The LGUs’ compliance is evaluated along seven components: Road Clearing Component (50 points); Ordinance Component on ordinances prohibiting illegal obstruction, providing penalties and providing for awareness mechanism (15 points); Inventory component on completion of inventory of road obstructions (5 points); Displacement Component, on relocation of removed obstructions, implementation of orderly parking schemes and provision of alternative livelihood for affected vendors (10 points); Rehabilitation Component, on restoration of cleared roads for public use (10 points); Grievance Mechanism Component, on the establishment of electronic or physical grievance mechanism (10 points); and, Tricycle Ban on National Roads for municipalities.