San Juan mayor wants vacant lots used for parking

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 06 2019 03:37 PM | Updated as of Aug 06 2019 05:58 PM

MANILA - San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora on Tuesday said he is studying incentives for constituents who would let their vacant lots be used as parking space for vehicles. 

The interior department has ordered all local governments to remove illegal vendors and improperly parked vehicles from streets. 

"Pwede natin babaan 'yung business tax sa mga lot owners na papayag na gamitin 'yung lupa nila [bilang parking space]," Zamora told reporters. 

(We can reduce the business tax of lot owners who will allow their land to be used.)

The city may also offer them zero tax for 5 years and a lower rate after, said San Juan Administrator Atty. Dennis Pamintuan. 

San Juan has found around 10 government-owned lots that could be used for parking and the city council is looking for more, said Zamora. 

"Nananawagan tayo sa lahat ng may-ari ng private lots na ipagamit ang kanilang bakanteng lote," said Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya. 

"Malaki problema natin [sa] illegal terminals. We have to find solutions, hindi acceptable na gawin paradahan ang mga bangketa," he added. 

(We are calling on all owners of private lots to let these be utilized. We have a big problem with illegal terminals. We have to find solutions, it is unacceptable for sidewalks to be used as parking.) 

He also reminded barangay officials that they can be suspended should they fail to keep streets free of obstruction after the city government's clearing operations. 

"They have to take the front line here... Iki-clear ng city, yung sustainability dapat nasa barangay na, day-to-day," Malaya said.

(The city will clear it, then the barangay should be in charge of the day-to-day sustainability.) 

Report from Angel Movido, ABS-CBN News