Have parking space first before buying cars – MMDA

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THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Friday threw its support behind a measure that seeks to require car buyers to show proof that they have  parking space before they can buy a car.

Lawyer Emerson Carlos, MMDA assistant general manager for operations, said the move can help in easing traffic congestion in Metro Manila (National Capital Region or NCR).

“Yes, because the volume of vehicles on the road can no longer be accommodated by our limited road network,” Carlos replied when asked about MMDA’s view on the proposal.

He said this limitation  should be compensated by an efficient, comfortable and acceptable mass public transport system.


Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian of Valenzuela City (Metro Manila) sponsored the congressional bill, saying car sales are expected to reach 300,000 units by 2015, on the back of a robust economy, a growing middle class and increased remittances from Filipinos working abroad.

In filing the measure, Gatchalian said traffic congestion in the nation’s capital is worsened by idle vehicles parked on the sides of streets, hampering flow of automobile and foot traffic.

While the projected uptick in car sales is good news for the automotive industry, he added, it is bad news for NCR motorists and commuters, who must brace themselves for slower traffic as more cars join the vehicle population.

Gatchalian pointed out that motor vehicle owners should be made responsible for providing a permanent parking space for their own private vehicles, whether this space is made an integral part of their house, building or leased property.

Another proposal made earlier by Ariel Inton, a board member of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), sought to ban private vehicles from using Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) during morning rush hours on weekdays.

But MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said Inton’s measure needs careful study as this would elicit strong opposition from private motorists.

He added that unless the country came up with an effective mass transit system, the LTFRB board member’s proposal would be difficult to implement.

Under Inton’s proposal, a private vehicle will not be allowed on EDSA from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. four days a week but will be allowed to pass through other roads.

All vehicles will be allowed   along EDSA and other roads from     9 a.m. onward.

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  1. redentor pajara on

    Very well said… and those caught without parking will be confiscated and bring it to the “TUNAWAN”. I am planning to by a new car next year and before that, I have purchased an unfinished house at the back of our existing house that I can convert it to parking area because I know before long ago that buying a car without parking will just add to the burden of our neighborhood. at kung minamalas ka pa at masipa kunwari ng pusa ang paso sa taas at bumagsak kunwari sa sasakyan mo baka mapaaway ka pa makapatay ka ng tao. dapat talaga may sariling parkingan

  2. Go the Singapore way with heavy licence fees and import fees. Consider a system of pay-per-use with automated tolls on EDSA. This will give you the funds to finance a decent rail transit network that will reduce considerably the need to own a car. Keep the taxis and make them safe, first of all with effective use of seat belts by drivers and passengers. Proven solutions exist. Use them.

  3. AGREE po ! to this MMDA suggested measure that seeks to require car buyers to show proof that they have parking space before they can buy a car. In Japan this is required or evidence you’ve a rented parking space. Furthermore, I strongly suggest PHASE-OUT of Private & Public Vehicles every 5 years.

  4. We support this call because it will lessen parking in the street and also help address traffic. If measures implemented well then we don’t have much trash in the streets.

    • We have laws against illegal parking. If these vehicles are illegally occupying a street, why can’t the authorities tow the vehicles or fine the owners?

      Will you also outlaw the basketball courts that are erected with the blessings of baranggay officials?

      What about the illegal jeepney terminals even along the main roads? What are they doing on drivers who do not care whether they are blocking the road when they stop to load or unload passengers?

      And what about the penchant for just anyone with connections to erect tents along the road and do whatever they pleases, of course with the blessings of the baranggay chairman and in some instances by the mayor or congressman?

      The problem with our officials are they think simply and with no real study on what they are actually proposing!