More and more local government units (LGUs) are starting to join forces with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority's (MMDA) to clear public roads of obstructions in compliance with President Rodrigo Duterte's directive and the 60-day timeframe given by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

In Caloocan City, MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim, MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia together with Mayor Oscar Malapitan and Vice Mayor Macario Asistio checked Bagong Bario and personally supervised the removal of obstructions on the sidewalks.

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During the operation, two barangay halls that were encroaching the sidewalks were dismantled and demolished. Meanwhile, owners of private establishments were warned to remove fixtures that were already on the streets. Garcia also spoke to the group of street vendors and discussed with them the city's plan to eliminate all road obstructions. He also proposed to give them a permanent place where they will be relocated.

Meanwhile, in San Juan City, Lim was joined by Mayor Francis Zamora and other local officials to conduct an inspection of the area as well as posting “No Parking” signages in Barangay Greenhills. Zamora has since suspended all roadside pay parking schemes and one-sided parking in the city and barangay following the President's order.

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With the removal of street parking in the area, Zamora assured motorists and car owners that there are enough parking spaces at the Greenhills Shopping Center and in 24-hour carparks within the city. The Mayor also mulls in giving incentives to private landowners who will volunteer to make use of their land as parking spaces.

As more LGUs are joining in, Lim says that he is certain all roads will be cleared within the 60-day order of the DILG.

“We’ve seen all Metro mayors cooperating and working together. I believe that in two month’s time, we will see the outcome of all these clearing operations and make all roads obstruction-free,” said Lim.