ILOILO CITY Mayor Jerry P. Treñas is meeting village leaders this week after 46 areas failed in the assessment for compliance to the national government’s road clearing policy. The city has 180 barangays, of which 136 have been evaluated by the validation team composed of representatives from the police, Public Safety and Transportation Management Office, and Bureau of Fire Protection. “While I do not want to impose administrative sanctions, but if there will be a recommendation from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) then I don’t have a choice but to do so,” Mr. Treñas said in an interview last week. “I was told that 25% of the rating was for the approved road ordinances and most of them have no approved ordinance,” he added. The meeting will include how the city government can assist the barangay leaders, who have been given until April 30 to comply with the directive’s provisions. “That is more than sufficient enough, that will give them sufficient time to comply,” the mayor said. The series of road clearing orders issued by the DILG involves removing obstructions on streets, sidewalks and other public spaces as well as a ban on tricycles along national highways. — Emme Rose S. Santiagudo