Road clearing operations are set to resume as the city government reconstitutes its road clearing task force.
Pursuant to Executive Order JD 2022—010, Mayor John Dalipe has ordered the reconstitution of Task Force Road Clearing Operations to establish a coordinated approach in clearing roads of illegal structures, constructions, and obstructions, and to reclaim all public roads in Zamboanga City.
This, as the city returns to normal economic activities, prompting the need to resume the implementation of road clearing operations previously mandated by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) thru MC 2019-121.
Road clearing operations were suspended on March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Executive Order identifies City Administrator Mario Yanga as chairperson of TF Clearing Operations, with membership composed of Councilors Jerry Perez, Lilibeth Nuño, El King Omaga, and Vincent Paul Elago, DILG City Director Ginagene S. Vaño-Uy, City Legal Officer Atty. Haydee Gretchen Panganiban, City General Services Officer Engr. Rene Dela Cruz, City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Engr. Reynaldo Gonzales, and City Engineer Christopher Navarro.
Also part of TF Clearing Operations, are Acting City Police Director PCol. Alexander Lorenzo, TF Zamboanga Commander Col. Randolph Rojas, PA, DPWH OIC District Engineer Engr. Jul-Arab Kong, together with the city government’s Barangay Affairs and Public Information offices.
The TF Clearing Operations will enact or review existing road clearing operation ordinances, conduct inventory of roads, conduct regular road clearing operations, implement displacement strategy for those affected by the clearing operations, ensure that the cleared roads are rehabilitated and restored for public use, and establish a grievance mechanism for implementation concerns from the public. (Jasmine Mohammadsali)