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Davao City to impose street parking fee by January; bicycle racks to be set up

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THERE WILL be 80 parking fee enforcers who will issue the order of payment based on the number of hours used and the corresponding official receipt. — CIO PHOTO

THE DAVAO City government will start collecting street parking fees in January, initially covering seven major roads within the downtown area. City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) head Dionisio C. Abude Jr. said they are aiming to have all signages and parking slot markings completed by the end of the year alongside an ongoing information campaign. The covered streets are: San Pedro, Ilustre, Pelayo, Iñigo, Villa Abrille, Monteverde, and Gov. Duterte, all within the Poblacion district. Mr. Abude said they are also putting up 75 bike racks in these streets. “This will also encourage our bicycle community as there are already bike racks being set up in the corners of the streets,” Mr. Abude told the media last week. The imposition of parking fees is based on several city ordinances passed since 2013 but never implemented. The approved rates are: P20 for the first two hours and P10 for every succeeding hour for light vehicles; P5 fee and P2 for motorcycles; and P2 and P1 for bicycles. The CTTMO is now in the process of hiring 80 parking fee enforcers who will be undergoing training this month. — Maya M. Padillo

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