THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority has intensified its crackdown versus sidewalk obstructions even as it sought the help of the Department of Interior and Local Government in dealing with violators.
This after the MMDA demolished the barangay hall of Barangay 235, Zone 22 District II in Villaruel St., Manila as it is encroaching the sidewalk despite the appeal of the local barangay head. Illegally-parked vehicles in the area were also towed by the MMDA and Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) in a bid to fully clear the street from obstructions.
According to MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim, the agency has notified repeatedly the barangay officials to remove structure but to no avail.
“This intensified campaign against obstructions is meant to show that we are serious in our job to clear the roads,” Lim stressed.
“We also sought the help of DILG Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs Martin Diño who committed to press charges against uncooperative barangay officials,” the MMDA Chairman explained as he called on barangay officials to cooperate.
Diño said barangay officials who will be found liable may face grave abuse of authority and dereliction of duty.
Meanwhile, the MMDA also negotiated with the vendors along Juan Luna Street in Divisoria to cease from vending along the road and sidewalk
Lim appealed to the sidewalk vendors to start their business hours at 5 p.m until 6 a.m. provided that they don’t occupy the streets.
“Kapag hindi kayo tumupad sa usapan at lumagpas kayo sa mga lugar na ibinigay sa inyo, kukumpiskahin namin ang mga paninda ninyo,” the MMDA Chairman warned.
Lim said that for a long time the vendors are using the road, it is due time that they free it from obstructions so that motorists can utilize it. He added that the MMDA and Manila LGU will discuss possible relocation of vendors to fully address the issue.
Divisoria is considered as one of traffic chokepoints in Metro Manila.