Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph Evangelista said the local government has been implementing the road clearing operations for the past five years even prior to the order of President Rodrigo Duterte last July during his State of the Nation Address (SONA).
The local chief executive made the statement after Kidapawan reportedly got a failing mark in this endeavor.
“Hindi nakita ng mga evaluators ng DILG (Department of Interior and Local Government) ang isinagawang clearing ng city government noon at naging basehan lamang nito ay ang kasalukuyang sitwasyon sa Kidapawan City,” he said.
“Unfair ang naging assessment ng mga evaluators ng DILG dahil matagal ng panahon ginagawa ng city government ang clearing sa mga pangunahing daan bahagi ng road widening porgrams ng National Government,” he added.
Evangelista said that vehicles could easily pass on the national roads in the city.
He also said that the city government has earmarked fund for the residents being affected by the road clearing operations.
Evangelista cited that the national government gave recognition to the city government in 2017 for its implementation of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan when it was able to solve the problem on informal settlers affected by the road right of way clearing operation by the Department of Public Works and Highways.
Evangelista said the city government would appeal if the DILG really gave Kidapawan a failing mark.