Robredo to LCEs:
Submit local roads inventory
By DILG Office of Public Affairs
April 25, 2011
Interior and Local
Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo urged all local executives –
governors, city and municipal mayors – in the country to submit local
roads inventory in their respective localities to enable the
government to help improve and repair their local road networks.
The DILG chief said
the inventory shall be included in the Local Road Database Project
being maintained by the DILG’s Office of Project Development Services
and will be used as one of the criteria in determining their
eligibility to the Special Local Road Fund (SLRF).
The SLRF is intended
to assist local government units in the rehabilitation and maintenance
of provincial and city roads nationwide.
“The local roads
database will be very useful to government policy and program planners
as this will help them develop the necessary interventions and seek
funds such as the SLRF to improve our local roads,” he said.
In a directive to
local chief executives, Robredo enjoined them to facilitate the
submission of the inventory of provincial and city roads annually and
municipal and barangay roads every three years pursuant to the Local
have yet to comply should submit their road inventories not later than
October 31, 2011,” he said.
Section 524 of the
Code specifically states that “each local government unit shall
conduct a periodic inventory of infrastructure and other community
facilities and undertake the maintenance, repair, improvement or
reconstruction of these facilities through a closer cooperation among
the various agencies of the national government operating within the
province, city or municipality concerned.”
Records from the OPDS
showed that while all provinces and cities have already turned in
their road inventories, only 425 or 28.1% of the 1,512 municipalities
and 5,541 or 13.18% of the 42,021 barangays nationwide have turned in
their local road inventory.
“We want to complete
and update this road database so that it can be an effective tool in
monitoring local road network conditions and developing assistance to
LGUs,” said Robredo.
The DILG Secretary
said the database, which contains the inventory of provincial, city,
municipal and barangay roads all over the country to encompass the
entire local roads network, is open for use by other government
agencies, the private sector and researchers.
The Philippine road
network covers 220,000 kilometers. Of this total, 86 percent or
183,263 kms. are local roads under the jurisdiction of 79 provinces,
122 cities, 1512 municipalities and 42,021 barangays.