DUE to the Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing road constructions in some designated streets, the City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) admitted that Davao City's collection of pay parking fees is affected.
CTTMO Head Dionisio Abude said in a press conference that they are incurring an average of P20,000 daily losses due to ongoing road construction on some streets designated as pay parking areas.
"From Febuary 2020 to February 2021, naa gyud diperensya (there is a huge difference)," Abude said.
He added that the city incurred losses when Davao City shifted to enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from April to May 15, 2020. The collection resumed beginning May 16 last year.
CTTMO in October 2019 announced the effectivity of the Public Pay Parking Zones on the streets of San Pedro, Ilustre, Pelayo, Iñigo, Villa Abrille, Monteverde, and Duterte beginning January 2, 2020.
The parking zone is pursuant to City Ordinance No. 052-13, Series of 2013, an amendment to Ordinance No. 153-A, Series of 1990, entitled “An Ordinance imposing Parking Fees on all vehicle owners/drivers for using certain streets in Davao City as Parking Spaces and for other purposes” and the Comprehensive Transport and Traffic Code of Davao City (C.O. No. 0334-12, Series of 2012).
According to the Davao City Traffic Code, the paid parking scheme is implemented in 15 streets.
Based on their coordination with the Department of Public Work and Highways (DPWH), Abude said some road constructions along Monteverde, Pelayo, Iñigo, and San Pedro will last until December.
He said almost 28 public pay parking enforcers that were affected by the suspension of the pay parking scheme were not displaced as they will be reassigned to new pay parking areas recently approved by the CTTMO board. These will be in Magallanes (Pichon), Marfori, Bolton, which will be implemented starting May 1.
Meanwhile, parking rates are still the same. For trucks and buses will be P100 for the first two hours and P20 for succeeding hours; P20 for light vehicles for the first two hours and P10 for succeeding hours; motorcycles will be P5 parking fee for first two hours and P1 for succeeding hours; and P2 for bicycles during the first two hours and P1 for the succeeding hours.
Pay parking will start at 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., from Monday to Saturday in the identified areas for the initial phase.