OBO told: New building owners must have parking, loading areas

THE Office of the Building Official should strictly ensure compliance of the parking space requirement pursuant to Presidential Decree (P.D.) 1096 or National Building Code of the Philippines, said an official.

The City Council passed a resolution regarding this recently.

Councilor Caesar Distrito cited Section 301 of P.D. 1096 which mandates that no person, firm or corporation, including any agency or instrumentality of the government shall erect, construct, alter, repair, move, convert or demolish any building or structure or cause the same to be done without first obtaining a building permit.

Section 303 of the National Building Code requires the Building Official to see to it that the applicant satisfies and conforms with approved standard requirements on zonings and land use, lines and grades, structural design, sanitary and sewerage, environmental health, electrical and mechanical safety as well as with other rules and regulations promulgated in accordance with the National Building Code.

One of the most important requirements of said Code is the addition of the parking and loading space to the proposed work and site development plans stating therein the details and locations of such spaces for the approval of the Building Official.

It is very evident that the public roads and highways of Bacolod City, which are supposed to be used by the public commuters and private travelers alike, are now heavily crowded with cars and vehicles which are illegally parked as brought about by the insufficiency of parking spaces, Distrito said.

While there is a constant increase in the number of vehicles, the availability of parking spaces in Bacolod City are becoming scarce, thereby forcing the car-owners to park on the streets.

In the present, there is still no local ordinance or body monitoring the compliance or non-compliance of new building owners to the parking and loading space requirement.

These various issues call for a need to provide for policies directed towards improvement of urban living and the quality of life of Bacolodnons, specifically targeting the very cause of the problems, Distrito added.

Ensuring the strict implementation of the parking and loading space requirement is not only an act of compliance to the National Building Code but also a responsive measure of the City Council to address the crisis brought about by traffic congestion in Bacolod and to meet the growing demands of the car owners for parking spaces, the councilor further said.
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