“The NCRPO is committed to support the directive of the President to reclaim public lands from unscrupulous persons who have made these lands private for their own use. We will give ample support to the clearing teams of the local government units, the MMDA and the DILG.”
Thus declared NCRPO Director, PMGEN GUILLERMO LORENZO T ELEAZAR in a statement issued by the NCRPO. PMGEN ELEAZAR added that in a meeting with DILG Secretary, Eduardo Año, the LGUs were given 45 days to clear all public streets and sidewalks of persons using these for their private interests. PMGEN ELEAZAR said that failure of an LGU to comply can merit sanctions and even suspensions in their terms.
Asked like what items are covered by the DILG order, PMGEN ELEAZAR said “anything being used for private gain, such as those being sold by sidewalk vendors, jeeps and busses parked in illegal terminals, motorcyles and tricycles being parked in streets and sidewalks, carinderias and others.”
PMGEN ELEAZAR stated that the role of the police in this “reclaiming” drive is clear. First, the PNP will protect and defend members of the clearing teams from possible irate persons plying their trade in public lands. Second, to monitor and disuade these violators from coming back and use the public properties again. Historically, clearing efforts by the MMDA show that these violators come back to do their thing again. The police will be more active and aggressive in confronting these violators.
PMGEN ELEAZAR said that “the directive of President Duterte is clear. Clean the streets and let the public use public facilities. Anarchy must be contained. It ‘s about time the country starts cleaning itself up.”
The NCRPO director also said that “the directive of the President is timely. As we had just launched our ‘Intensified Cleanliness Policy’ at the NCRPO, we started cleaning all our precincts and their surroundings to make sure we don’t impede the flow of traffic and business in our areas. We now just make sure that our precincts stay clean.”