MMDA, DILG promise to keep Mabuhay Lanes obstruction-free

Clearing operations in Baclaran

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority — in coordination with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), and the respective local government units that covers the Mabuhay Lanes — vowed that it will keep the alternate routes in the metropolis free from obstructions.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • When did the authorities start the latest clearing operations in Baclaran?

    The newest initiative started on January 16, 2023.
  • What will happen to the barangay captain if he/she fails to maintain orderliness after the regular clearing operations?

    MMDA Acting Chairman Romando Artes said that the official could be facing administrative charges if he/she fails to maintain the cleared area clean.
  • MMDA Acting Chairman Atty. Romando Artes said during the ceremonial deployment last Monday (January 16) that the agency shall have three teams to clear Mabuhay Lanes.

    Clearing operations in Baclaran

    According to him, the regular operations and eventual turnover of the cleared area to its barangay captain form part of the memorandum of agreement between the agency and the DILG to maintain orderliness of roads.

    “We shall have no let-up in clearing the Mabuhay Lanes of different kinds of obstructions. That is proof that the government is serious in making our key routes accessible,” Artes noted.

    “Every time the MMDA, DILG, and the police force conduct clearing, it will be turned over to the barangay captain in charge of the area. Those who will fail to maintain its cleanliness and orderliness could be charged with an administrative case,” Artes warned.

    Clearing operations in Baclaran

    For his part, DILG Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs Felicito Valmocina said that his office now has a monitoring team that will coordinate with the DILG-National Capital Region to ensure that the Mabuhay Lanes are kept clean. 

    “We will be employing new approaches to ensure commitment and prioritization of obstruction-free Mabuhay Lanes. It is high time for our LGUs, especially our barangay heads, to act and sustain our clearing efforts,” he said.

    Clearing operations in Baclaran

    Further, Artes said that the MMDA will ask the support of President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. on plans to build a permanent area for vendors in Baclaran that would keep sellers off the roads by providing a specific place for their business.

    Pasay City Mayor Imelda Calixto-Rubiano expressed her full support to the plans of providing Baclaran vendors permanent space for business, as well as clearing of the Mabuhay Lanes, as part of the city’s vision.

    “We are one with the government agencies in making the landscape of our community better as this is one of the grand visions of Pasay – to become a sustainable and smart eco-city,” she said.

    Photos from Metropolitan Manila Development Authority

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