Rizal Avenue DECLARED ‘no parking’ zone


MANILA Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada on Friday declared the 6.5-kilometer stretch of Rizal Avenue, popularly called Avenida, as a no-parking zone as he ordered the towing of tricycles, padyak (pedicabs) and kuliglig (motorized pedicabs) obstructing traffic and pedestrians. A total of 30 tricycles, five motorcycles, 15 light vehicles and two motorized pedicabs were towed on Thursday. Meanwhile, a parking fee collector of Tokagawa Global Corp., who charged fees from vehicle owners near the San Lazaro Hospital, was arrested by personnel of the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB). He claimed that Tokagawa had a certification from the MTPB allowing the collection of parking fees. But MTPB chief Dennis Alcoreza said Rizal Avenue is not part of the parking operation contract the firm had entered into with former Mayor Alfredo Lim in 2012. Estrada has nullified the deal, citing a Commission on Audit (COA) observation that the contract was disadvantageous to the government. COA ordered Tokagawa and its partner Matsuyama Corp. to turn over parking operations to the city government. But Tokagawa secured a temporary restraining order from the court. Under the 25-year deal, it will charge parking fees from motorists in designated areas and remit 20 percent of the proceeds to the city government.


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