DAVAO City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) Chief Dionisio Abude said in an ambush interview on Monday morning, September 18, at the City Hall Drive that they cannot control all of the drivers who are illegally parking their vehicles.
Abude said this is because the city does not have any public buildings and spaces intended for parking. He said in jest that the local government unit (LGU) should instead declare that all the roads in the city be a public parking space.
“Musugyot siguro ta na i-declare natu nga tanan kalsada is public fee parking na, para, dili man sila mapugngan (Maybe we should declare that all of the roads in the city to be public fee parking since we cannot control them),” Abude said.
Apart from the illegal parking in the city, CTTMO is also looking into the parking problems in subdivisions. Abude some homeowners in subdivisions reach out to their office to complain about conflict in parking. He suggested that subdivisions should have one-way parking; this way the traffic flow would be one-way and not result in a dispute between the motorists.
Meanwhile, Davao City Councilor Conrado Baluran, chair of the committee on transportation and communications, told SunStar Davao in an ambush interview on Tuesday morning, September 19, that in 2013 during the administration of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, the committee proposed to investors to put up high-rise parking areas.
Baluran said they do not know if investors have identified areas in the heart of the city where they would want to construct the parking building. And until now no investors have signified their intention to invest in such.
There were also plans for the city government to construct a high-rise parking area but the area is still to be discussed.
“Naay pagahimuon nga parking area ang city government dili pa ta kabalo ug siguro asa ibutang. Medyo hanap pa (The city government plans to construct a parking area in the city but we do not know where it would be placed. It is still in the process),” Baluran said. RGP