July 20, 2021 at 11:00 pm
The Quezon City Department of Public Order and Safety has demolished several guard houses in private subdivisions along Katipunan Avenue that were collecting fees from motorists and delivery trucks passing through.
The guard house owned by California Village situated along Katipunan Avenue, a mabuhay lane, was considered a road obstruction.
In addition, the village guard house collects fees from motorists, especially delivery trucks from P50 pesos to P200 pesos day.
“Our operation will continue against illegal guard houses even if they are inside private subdivision,” DPOS chief Elmo San Diego said.
The city government also demolished another guard house from California Village, while the Sierra Vista Subdivision homeowners demolished two of their own guard houses, also along Katipunan Avenue.
Moreover, three guard houses-cum-toll booths in Kingspoint Subdivision and two from Goodwill Subdivision were also demolished to clear the road of obstructions.
Mayor Joy Belmonte called on village homeowners associations to refrain from collecting fees from motorists, especially on public roads.
“We do not tolerate private subdivisions that take advantage of motorists just because they have to pass their gates. Mabuhay lanes are public roads and no one should pay any amount to access these roads,” she said.
“Road safety is a shared responsibility. We must refrain from obstructing public roads to give way not just for motorized vehicles
but also to alternative transportation users and pedestrians,” she added.