CTO, Dayanghirang heat up City Council session-A A +A
Thursday, September 26, 2013
A HEATED exchange between city treasurer Rodrigo Riola and City Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang livened up the City Council session on Tuesday as Dayanghirang questioned the proposal for an increased parking fee despite the drop in parking fee collection.
Riola said on Wednesday that Davao City needs more inputs from other cities to gauge the viability of increasing parking fee from P2 to P20.
Speaking in front of the members of the 17th City Council, Riola said feasibility study and constructive benchmarking are needed to help address the kinks in the existing parking fee ordinance.
“I’m sure we can get good data from them,” Riola said.
First, he said there has been a drastic decrease in parking fee collection: with P277,000 in 2010, P199,000 (2011), P144,000 (2012), and P15,173 as of July 2013.
He also said that the 180 parking fee collectors in 1990 were later hired as plantilla employees as ticket checkers.
Those who remained as parking fee collectors are often intimidated by motorists.
The proposed parking fee ordinance increases the fee from P2 to P20 for the first three hours and an additional P5 for the succeeding hours.
Dayanghirang later asked whether increasing the fees would also mean failing in its implementation, which sparked an argument between the two.
The heated exchange ended when Councilor Bonifacio Militar requested Noel Villamor of the City Treasurer’s Office to just do the presentation.
Riola downplayed what happened saying it was a “healthy discussion”.
He said the questions raised by Dayanghirang were “in aid of legislation.”
“For me, I did not take it as a negative one but that is a positive aspect for us also to really improve as far as collection is concerned,” Riola said.
“Hopefully, mapasa to siya. It’s a matter of approving. On our part, ‘pag ma-approve na ‘to, naga prepare na ‘mi ug collection strategies (We are already preparing collection strategies and will just wait for the approval),” he added.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 26, 2013.