THE DEPARTMENT of Interior and Local Government (DILG) gave a passing score to Iloilo City for its road and sidewalk clearing operations and has recommended rehabilitation works. “The areas that were reclaimed should be rehabilitated. The LGU (local government unit) should see it as an opportunity to possibly widen the roads because the parking areas are limited. They should put up signages and street lights, beautify it and improve the area,” DILG City Director of Bacolod City Maredith R. Madayag said in a phone interview last week. Ms. Madayag, who was part of the team that validated Iloilo’s compliance to the nationwide road clearing program, gave the city a 70% to 80% rating. Meanwhile, Love Joy Hosenilla, head of the task force that led the road clearing operations in the city alongside the Public Safety and Transportation Management Office, said he is happy with the rating although it is lower than the 90% previously claimed by the LGU. “There were a lot of factors that were looked at like the vehicles that obstruct our streets. They are the possible drivers that pulled down our rating. We also have ordinances that need to be amended,” Mr. Hosenilla said. He underscored the need to revisit the barangays of Tabuc Suba, Cubay Fatima, Montinola and Benedicto in Jaro district and several barangays in the city proper and Arevalo district and Yulo Drive in Arevalo. “This is a continuing responsibility to the local officials to maintain what has been cleared or it could be the cleared roads will be turned over to the barangay officials for maintenance,” he said. — Emme Rose S. Santiagudo