QC gov’t eyes use of parking spaces in malls to resolve illegal parking

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 13, 2019   •   477

The Quezon City government is proposing to use parking spaces in malls as a solution to the illegal parking problem in the city.

This was after the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) imposed a 60-day deadline for city mayors to conduct road clearing in their respective cities.

According to Quezon City Traffic Chief Atty. Ariel Inton, this can be a solution to the illegal parking problem in the city. However, Inton said parking fares should be low.

“Ang mga challenge niyan, number one kailangan kung may sisingilin mababa. Number two, iyong mga tao mismo dapat masanay sa ganoon, konting lakad lang naman ito, (The challenge is, number one, the parking fares should be low. Number two, the people should get used to it, it’s just a short walk),” he said.

The Quezon City government is also looking for vacant private lots which can also be used as parking spaces.

Meanwhile, the city government continues to conduct clearing operations. On Tuesday (Aug 13), authorities issued violation tickets to illegally parked vehicles along the streets of Barangay Socorro.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

4 suspected robbers killed in QC shootout

Robie de Guzman   •   October 15, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Four suspects in a robbery incident were killed in a shootout with police in Payatas Road, Quezon City early Tuesday morning.

According to the Batasan Police Station, they were patrolling the area at around 3 a.m. when they received a report about a robbery incident in a convenience store and gasoline station involving the suspects.

Responding police officers engaged the suspects in a brief gunfight that led to the death of the purported robbers.

Prior to the encounter, workers at the gasoline station said the four suspects, wearing black masks and helmets, arrived in the area on board two motorcycles and declared a hold-up.

“Hinawakan po ako sa leeg tapos pinadapa po ako. Tapos kinuha na po ang pera ng company tapos kasama yung cellphone,” recounted Elmer Boduan, who works as a cashier at the gasoline station.

While two of the suspects were robbing the gasoline station, their two other cohorts entered the convenience store, pulled a gun at its workers and forcibly took the money from the cash register and a mobile phone.  

“May dalang baril po yung lalaki papunta sa akin. Tumakbo ako. Tumago ako. Sabi niya sa akin, ‘Labas ka diyan. Buksan mo y’ong kaha ninyo,’” said Vanessa Epis, the store’s cashier.

The alleged robbers then fled with at least P19,000 in cash and two mobile phones.

Their escape, however, turned into a chase after police officers spotted and pursued them along Payatas Road.

The suspects allegedly opened fire but police retaliated and gunned them down.

Recovered from the scene were four .38 caliber revolver, two motorcycles, one mobile phone, a digital weighing scale and four sachets of suspected shabu.

Police said the slain suspects are yet to be identified. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

97 LGUs failed to comply with Duterte’s road clearing order — DILG

Marje Pelayo   •   October 11, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is satisfied with the road clearing operations that local government units (LGUs) had accomplished across the country.

However, 97 LGUs failed the standards set by the department in order to comply with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to clear all public roads of obstructions as they were turned into private parking spaces.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said that overall, LGUs were able to accomplished 80 percent of the requirements with 1,148 municipalities and cities rated as compliant; 97 were rated as non-complaint and 388 others still under assessment.

Specifically, 328 LGUs were given a ‘high compliance’ rating for achieving 91% to 100% of the target; 497 were given ‘medium compliance’ rating for achieving 81% to 90% of the target; while 323 were graded ‘low compliance’ for achieving only 80% or even lower than the target.

Those who failed will be required to explain or justify their operations.

From their explanation, the DILG would determine whether or not they should be sanctioned which could lead to the dismissal of the local officials in charge.

“[That’s what we call] their best (or) their good was not enough,” Año noted.

Among the LGUs who passed the DILG standards were Metro Manila, but several major cities like Pasig City, Quezon City and Muntinlupa only received ‘medium’ compliance.

Taguig City was given low-compliance rating but the DILG said it was still up for review and validation.

Almost 7,000 roads were cleared across the country by the road clearing project of the government, 61 of which were all from Metro Manila.

“Huwag natin gawin ningas-kugon ang kampanyang ito,” Año said.

The official said they will send show-cause order first to 80 low-compliant barangays that are located in Metro Manila. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

Metro Manila LGUs Compliance Rating (Source: DILG)

High Compliance

  • Manila
  • Marikina
  • San Juan
  • Mandaluyong
  • Caloocan
  • Malabon
  • Las Piñas
  • Pateros
  • Parañaque
  • Navotas
  • Pasay
  • Valenzuela
  • Makati

Medium Compliance

  • Quezon City
  • Pasig
  • Muntinlupa

Low Compliance

  • Taguig

QC traffic chief faces raps for breaking car window

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 2, 2019

Atty. Ariel Inton

Quezon City Traffic Chief Atty. Ariel Inton is facing carnapping and administrative cases after breaking the window of an illegally parked car on September 24.

Inton broke the window of a 1990 Nissan Maxima that had been parked for two years on the corner of Panay Avenue.

According to Inton, he is ready to face the raps against him.

“Kung sasampahan nila tayo ng carnapping edi tignan natin. Kung sino man ang abogadong hahawak niyan palagay ko naman, alam niya iyan bilang abogado na walang carnapping doon (If they will file carnapping charges against me, then we’ll see. Whoever is the lawyer that will handle the case, I think they will know there was no carnapping there),” he said.

He already apologized for the incident and submitted his resignation to Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte. However, Belmonte did not accept his resignation.

Based on the Facebook post of QC Task Force for Transport and Traffic Management, Belmonte appreciated the humility shown by Inton for immediately apologizing after the incident.

“Belmonte said that leaders of different organizations must emulate the leadership of Inton who knows how to apologize, takes full responsibility of his actions and non-compromising in executing the full extent of the law,” the post read.

Meanwhile, Inton previously reiterated he merely based his action on the 2004 City Ordinance where it is in the authority of a local official to confiscate illegally parked vehicles.

“As I said I will take the responsibility. Sa tingin ko naman sa pagharap natin diyan makikita naman kung ano iyong katotohanan diyan, ( I think, we will see the truth)” he said.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

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