Mayor John Dalipe has orderd an intensified implementation of a city ordinance prohibiting parking on streets in accordance with the DILG memorandum circular 2019-121 directing all local government units to remove all road obstructions.
This, as the mayor expressed full support to Ordinance 601 enacted on March 13, 2023, amending Ordinance 248 which used to allow one sided parking for private vehicles and the use of city streets as terminals for public utility vehicles.
Dalipe during the flag raising ceremony Monday morning said the reimplementation of the law is very timely, as it happens after the Basic Management Training that the traffic enforcers of the city undertook last week.
The City Administrator’s Office through the Traffic Management Unit, Task Force Ordinance and the City Hall COMPAC is set to launch a renewed road clearing operations starting June 1 in city streets.
At present, the traffic enforcers are undertaking a massive information campaign related to the June 1 start of operations.
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Memorandum Circular No. 2019-121 directs the removal of illegal road obstructions as it enjoins all sanggunians to revisit ordinances and similar legislative measures to ensure responsiveness to the presidential directive and consistent with related laws and policies.
Non-compliance of the said circular shall be a ground for appropriate administrative sanctions pursuant to the Local Government Code Of 1991 and other existing laws and national government policies.
In October 2022, Mayor Dalipe, through the Office of the City Administrator, entered into negotiations with a property owner within the town proper to transform a 9,000 square meter property into a parking area for private vehicles.
The move was intended to provide ample parking spaces to motorists affected by the said directive. (Sheila Covarrubias)