DILG suspends road-clearing operations

March 16, 2020

THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has suspended the 75-day road clearing operations as it urged local chief executives (LCEs) to focus on fighting the dreaded COVID-19.

According to the DILG, suspending the second round of the road clearing would ensure LCEs would concentrate on the ongoing measures to prevent the spread of the 2019 corona virus disease in compliance with the guidelines of the Department of Health and Inter-Agency Task Force approved by the President.

In line with this, all local government officials are also prohibited from travelling outside the country in the next 30 days to ensure they are hands-on in fighting COVID in their respective localities.

The Philippine National Police (PNP), particularly the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) as well as police offices in Regions 3, 4-A, 4-B, and 5, are now on full alert after the COVID-19 alert status was raised to sublevel 2 last Friday.

During the community quarantine period where a stringent social distancing measure is being implemented, all provincial governors and mayors of highly urbanized cities as well as senators and congressmen are free to travel to and out of Metro Manila in the performance of their official functions.