THE management of SM City Cebu wants the City Government to determine if their establishment can be exempted from the implementation of City Ordinance (CO) 2089, the ordinance that sets standards for the operation of privately-owned off-street pay parking spaces.
In a letter to Councilor Eugenio Gabuya Jr. Engr. Van Velez Aberia, SM City Cebu mall manager, said that their mall imposes a P25 flat rate parking fee to their clients.
The charge is fixed regardless of the hours that the vehicles were parked within their parking areas.
Aberia asked Gabuya, chairperson of the council committee on transportation, if their mall as well as other establishments doing the same are exempted from the parking ordinance and allowed to charge a flat rate for the use of their parking spaces.
If they are exempted, Aberia requested the Council to make the necessary amendment to the ordinance.
At present, the City provides for a fee of P20 for the first three hours of parking and P5 per hour for the succeeding hours.
Aberia said that City should revisit City Ordinance 2089 since it was passed in 2006 yet. The demand for parking spaces was much less then.
“Can the City Council can revisit the rate of P20 for the first three hours considering that the ordinance was issued in September 2006 to give consideration to inflationary increase for establishments that that have introduced improvement to their facilities and the current cost to operate?” read a portion of Aberia’s letter.
A copy of the letter was also furnished to the Cebu City Council, which referred it to the City Planning and Development Office, which is in charge of the implementation of the ordinance, for comments and recommendations. (RVC)
Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on November 19, 2017.
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