The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has ordered a nationwide implementation of barangay road-clearing operations to ensure thoroughfares are free from obstructions and safe to motorists and pedestrians.

The Local Government Units are tasked anew to enforce the law. 

In an 11-page memorandum circular, DILG directed the nationwide operations.

DILG Secretary Benjamin Abalos, Jr. ordered the removal of obstructions that cause traffic jams, a perennial problem in many places in the country. 

DILG has long issued a directive on clearing operations, the latest was in 2023, to include local government units and barangays. 

Assessment and validation of operations is a component in the implementation. 

As of posting time, the directive did not mention of a specific date for the clearing operations but the DILG has coordinated already with line agencies. 

City Director Johnjoan Mende said that road-clearing operation teams are already formed in DILG Mandaue City 

Mayor Jonas Cortes has expressed support to road-clearing operations.

Lapu-Lapu City also received its copy of the memorandum from the DILG. 

The city prepares for the clearing operation in coordination with city policemen, city traffic management personnel, clearing teams, and the DILG. 

The team will start operations in Barangay Basak.