BY FREDA MAE SORSANO
ILOILO City – With or without “no on-road parking” signs, the city government is implementing the ordinance against on-road parking.
On-road parking is committed when a vehicle is left in the middle of the road sans a driver.
Motorists should know better because the ordinance had been continually in effect since its passage last year, said Councilor Plaridel Nava, chairman of the Sangguniang Panlungsod’s committee on transportation.
“But even if there is a driver and even if the vehicle is put on ‘hazard mode’, on-road parking can still be committed if the vehicle remains idle for a time longer than necessary in the middle of the road,” clarified Nava.
Dropping off is allowed as long as it is done swiftly, he added.
Donna Lyn Rose Acap, Traffic Management and Transportation Regulation Office (TMTRO) officer-in-charge, previously said the ordinance was put on hold due to the lack of “no on-road parking” signs.
TMTRO does not want to make motorists – especially those from outside the city – “feel cheated” by enforcing the ordinance without the signs, she explained.
But Nava believed otherwise. “Basta dalan, dapat libre ina sia. Kon wala sang ma-obstruct, wala man sang traffic (Roads should be cleared of obstructions that cause traffic congestion),” he stressed.
While Nava’s committee and TMTRO are presently directing their efforts into information dissemination, Nava said they were already apprehending violators.
“For example, on the Diversion Road in Mandurriao district, we are enforcing the ordinance. Last year pa nga dakpanay, indi pa na sila kabalo (We’ve been arresting violators since last year),” said Nava.
A team had been formed solely to scan roads and apprehend violators of the ordinance against on-road parking.
“Hopefully by next month, we can produce enough road signs,” said Nava, adding that they were soliciting support from private groups.
Penalties for violating the ordinance vary depending on the severity of the violation.
“When the violation is obstruction of road, the penalty falls between P300 and P500. But when the violation is considered on-road parking, a fine of P1,000 to P1,500 is imposed,” said Nava.
City Proper streets covered by the ordinance against on-road parking are Iznart, J.M. Basa, Valeria, Delgado, Ledesma, Mabini, Quezon, Jalandoni, Rizal, De Leon, Valeria Extension, and Muelley Loney.
On-road parking is also prohibited on Bonifacio Drive and areas surrounding the central and terminal markets.
In Molo district, the streets of General Luna, M.H. Del Pilar and Lopez Jaena, as well as the San Marcus, Infante and Timawa avenues are covered.
In La Paz district, on-road parking is not allowed on the streets of Luna, Huervana, Burgos-Mabini, and Rizal.
In the district of Jaro, on-road parking is prohibited on Washington, El 98, Simon Ledesma, Lopez Jaena, E. Lopez and Commission Civil streets. The same is not allowed on McArthur Drive as well as in areas surrounding the Jaro Plaza.
In Mandurriao district, on-road parking is prohibited on Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue (Diversion Road), R. Mapa Street, Q. Abeto Street and Guzman-Jesena Street.
The entire stretch of the road from Barangay Rizal to Bo. Obrero in Lapuz district and the road connecting Barangay Baluarte in Molo district to Barangay Santo Niño Sur in Arevalo district are also covered by the ordinance./PN