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Out of Palawan’s 23 municipalities, Bataraza received a perfect score in complying with the road clearing order of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

The municipalities of Aborlan and Dumaran, on the other hand, failed to comply with Memorandum Circular 2019-121 on road clearing with scores of 65 points each, said Benedict Palatino, officer-in-charge outcome manager of the DILG in Palawan.

Palatino said Bataraza was able to complete all the six criteria in the clearing of road obstruction circular based on the evaluation conducted.

The town got 15 points for filed ordinances or executive order; five points for road obstruction inventory; 10 for programs and plans for road clearing; 15 for road rehab; five for creation of mechanisms such as social media and hotline numbers; and road cleaning 50.

“Lahat ng mga criteria ay na-comply ng Bataraza, bawat road kasi na ma-clear ay may corresponding points ‘yon. Sana magtuloy-tuloy ang na-achieve ng munisipyo,” he said.

Palatino said the DILG had already visited Aborlan and Dumaran and warned them to comply before the next validation in December.

Other municipalities also have high scores, but the DILG cannot provide the complete copy yet.

“Marami naman na mga munisipyo ang mataas ang points but mayroon lang tayong dalawa — Aborlan at Dumaran na bumagsak. Pero maganda nga ngayon kasi agresibo ang lokal na pamahalaan nila. Siguro by December hopefully buong Palawan na ang pumasa then ang sabi ay magiging regular na ang validation which is maganda kasi may ibang kalsada na dapat naman magamit,” he said.


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