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‘Bacolod’s performance on road clearing improves’

The performance of the Bacolod City government in the second wave of road clearing operations has “improved,” the Negros Occidental Validation Team headed by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said.

This was reported by the Validation Team, headed by DILG- OIC Provincial Director Roselyn Quintana of DILG Negros Occidental, to Mayor Evelio Leonardia and other officials at the Bacolod City Government Center, Wednesday, February 24, a press release from the Bacolod Public Information Office said.

“This is welcome news. It means our inspection and enforcement units did a good job, and the affected residents generally cooperated. We should all be united for the good of the greatest number”, Leonardia said.

Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran thanked the Validation Team and all who were part of the road clearing operations.

The Validation Team handed to Leonardia a report on Bacolod’s Compliance Assessment and Validation on the Implementation of DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2020-027 Wednesday, a day after the team finished their validation.

The team had evaluated Bacolod’s compliance with the second wave of road clearing operations, also called “RCO 2.0,” from Nov. 16, 2020 to Feb. 15, 2021. The DILG had directed all LGUs in the country to comply with the presidential directive to resume the clearing of roads of illegal structures and obstructions.

The first wave was conducted in 2019 from August to September, where Bacolod scored 87 percent.

The Validation Team assessed mostly the city roads which traverse areas in the three major public markets (Burgos Market, Central Market, and Libertad Market), and along Estefania, Rizal, Gatuslao, and Aguinaldo Ssreets – as these are the more crowded areas of the city, the press release said.*

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