The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) commends Marikina City for passing two ordinances supporting President Rodrigo Duterte's directive to clear the roads of obstruction and encourages other local government units (LGUs) to also enact similar ordinances.
DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año says that Marikina City's passage of an ordinance that allows motorists to use subdivision roads and an ordinance imposing a “No Garage, No Permit” Policy are urgently needed to address the perennial problem of traffic in Metro Manila.
"To ease the traffic condition in the country, LGUs must be decisive and show political will in enacting new policies and we commend Marikina City for doing just that,” says Año.
"Hinihikayat din natin ang lahat ng mga LGU sa bansa na sundan ang ginagawa ng Marikina City at maging matapang sa pagpapasa ng kanilang mga ordinansa," he adds.
The Marikina City Council recently passed an ordinance that “will remove the gates of private subdivisions to authorize the public to pass through and use their roads".
Año explains that the current traffic condition in the country, especially in urban areas, has already caused much damage to the economy and opening private subdivision roads as secondary or alternate routes can help ease traffic in some areas.
"Inuulit ko po, ito po ay para sa bayan. Opening up the gates of subdivisions may not sit well with the homeowners but will greatly contribute in the goal to improve traffic in the country," he says.
He emphasizes that the government understands their concerns but urban planning experts have vouched that this scheme can work among other measures that can be implemented by the LGUs. "Konting pasensya at tulong lang po ang aming hinihingi sa inyo," he says, addressing subdivision homeowners.
Marikina City also implemented a 'No Garage, No Permit Ordinance'. Under this policy, the city government will not grant permits to businesses unless they provide adequate parking facilities.
The Ordinance states that: “Anyone who intends to construct a structure shall be required to show proof like the presentation of a building plan or blueprint or, attesting to the availability of a permanent parking space or facility on his/her proposed construction as a requirement for the issuance of a building permit."
The DILG Chief says that Marikina's 'No Garage, No Permit Ordinance' is consistent with the Department's campaign for Congress to pass the “No Garage, No Car” policy.
"We have already prodded Congress to pass a law that will prohibit the sale of a vehicle if the buyer is unable to provide proof that he has a garage where he can park his car," he says.
"It is a good development that LGUs in Metro Manila have been showing innovation as they comply with the President’s directive. Sana gano’n din sa lahat ng sulok ng ating bansa," he adds.
Earlier this month, San Juan City encouraged lot owners to lease their idle land areas and convert them into pay-parking areas.