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New IT Park parking rates get two city dads’ support

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Two Cebu City councilors agreed with the implementation of a new parking scheme and parking rates of vehicles parking on the streets of the Cebu IT Park.

Both Councilor David Tumulak, chairman of the committee on public order and safety, and Councilor Joel Garganera, head of the transportation committee, voiced approval of this new scheme.

Tumulak said the purpose of implementing the new scheme is to help manage the tenants, employees, and visitors, and to spruce up, among others, the parking lot.

Based on the memorandum issued by the IT Park management, vehicles owners who used to park outside the facility are encouraged to use the allotted parking area for them inside the building for the so-called podium parking lot.

Podium parking is at P25 for the first four hours, and P10 per hour for the succeeding hours.

Under the new scheme, vehicles owners pay P50 as fee for street parking and an additional P10 per succeeding hour.

Tumulak also said that habal-habal (motorcycle-for-hire) drivers will be directly affected with this new scheme or majority of them used to park on the main roads, causing traffic congestion.

Tumulak said he would be having a meeting with the affected drivers together with Cebu IT Park Property Manager Rouie Ursal to reach a win-win solution.

"Win-win solution is to tap the habal-habal drivers to secure the area as crime watch. Something in-ana and they have to police their own ranks, kining mga habal-habal drivers, instead nga naay magpabadlong sa traffic," he added.

Part of the meeting is the discussion on the possibility of lowering down the parking fee increases.  Tumulak, though, said he was positive the management will favor this.

The date of the meeting has not been set, however, because Tumulak is still waiting for the approval of the Cebu IT Park management as to the availability of its officers.

He then reiterated that the city government cannot do something to direct the management to not implement the new rates since the IT Park is a private company and it has the right to manage their own property.

Garganera, on the other hand, said implementing new parking rates is a good policy to address traffic congestion in the area since it discourages street parking. (FREEMAN)