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DILG to LGUs: Convert vacant lots to pay parking areas

August 7, 2019

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) urges mayors all over the country to convert vacant lots to pay parking areas, PUV terminals, and other public purposes to be used by vehicles affected by the continuous nationwide road clearing efforts being implemented under DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2019-121 of Secretary Eduardo M. Ano.

DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan E. Malaya says that it will be a long-term “win-win solution” as private lot owners can earn extra money for letting motorists rent their idle space, while the local government unit (LGU) will have a place for vehicles that are obstructing roads due to illegal parking

“Mayor Francis Zamora of San Juan City will be converting their idle lots owned by the City Government for parking purposes. In times like this, we need to think outside the box. We encourage our mayors to step up and work closely with private homeowners and entities so that their idle and vacant lots can also be converted to pay parking spaces," Malaya says.

"A possible parking space negotiation with vacant landowners, if done properly, will be a great help in easing traffic and ridding streets of illegal parking," he adds.

According to Malaya, local chief executives (LCEs) can be creative in enticing private landowners to cooperate with the government's traffic management advocacy by implementing measures and policies that can benefit them. He said that the LGU can consider giving discounts in the payment of business permits and other regulatory fees to land owners to entice them to support the initiative.

He says that through these creative measures, cooperation between the LGUs and private landowners can be strengthened. "Walang mawawala kung makikipag-tambalan tayo sa mga private land owners, on the contrary, we will be able to forge a much-needed partnership with them."

Malaya likewise appealed to the landowners to help the government by being open to partnership with their respective LGUs. He says that this is an opportune time for private landowners to join in the advocacy of the government in easing traffic management, not just in Metro Manila, but in the whole country.

"This is a chance for private landowners to make proper use of their idle lands. Makatutulong na po kayo sa bayan, makadadagdag pa ito sa inyong income," Malaya said during a joint inspection done in San Juan City today with Mayor Francis Zamora.

In his meeting with Mayor Zamora, the DILG Spokesperson that it was “so far, so good” the City’s efforts to comply with the President’s directive to clear all road obstructions nationwide.

"Each city has a unique traffic dilemma, hence, requiring a distinct resolution strategy but we can certainly get a thing or two from San Juan City's approach to complying with the President's directive," he said.