Editorial: Don’t Fizzle Out, Please-A A +A
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
THE City Government of San Fernando has finally done something to address issues on the parking of government vehicles in front of the city hall, which many residents have been complaining about since the time of then Mayor Oscar Rodriguez.
The practice of parking in front of the city hall, according to complaints, has been causing traffic jams, in that the “narrow” area could only accommodate as much vehicles.
Because of the mounting complaints – we’d like to think – the city government has finally stepped up and implemented an “improved” parking and traffic scheme.
The scheme, according to Mayor Edwin Santiago, is seen to prevent traffic snarls and congestion, and hitting two birds with one stone, give the city market and local traders maximum exposure.
The city government, in fact, has secured a foreign grant (donor and amount still unknown) to study the traffic re-routing. But while waiting for the grant to push through, they have already started what they call as a “clearing” operation.
So, where is the “new” parking space for the city’s service vehicles, which used to crowd the front of the city hall? They can now be found at the church patio, which for some time has been utilized as a parking area, and at the plaza at Jose Abad Santos Street, according to the mayor.
For “maximum exposure” of the city market, there will be “pick and drop” areas near the public market for select passenger jeepneys, to make it more accessible. And expect a multi-level carpark in the city in the near future, too.
Is this scheme as good as it gets? Let’s hope this just won’t be one of those programs which started great, but fizzled out after some time.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 03, 2013.