THE Metro Manila Development Authority will impose a no parking zone along the service road of Roxas Boulevard to ease vehicular traffic in the area.
The move, according to MMDA acting chairman Thomas Orbos, is part of a short-term solution to ease traffic in the metropolis pending the approval of both Houses of Congress to the emergency power be given to President Rodrigo Duterte to solve the worsening problem on road congestion.
He said the service road from Pasay City, Manila and Parañaque City will be cleared of all parked vehicles and other obstructions so that it can be used by private motorists as an alternate route to Roxas Boulevard.
“In the first place, the service road is not a parking area. If you look at Roxas Boulevard, there are a lot of space,” said Orbos during a forum in Manila.
Among the areas to be covered by the no parking policy are service road fronting the Ospital ng Maynila, Central Bank of the Philippines, Department of Finance, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp., Japan Embassy and US Embassy.
“We already wrote a letter and informed the city governments of Parañaque, Manila and Pasay about this last December. So far, there is no feedback that they are saying no to our plan,” said Orbos.
He added his agency is also set to discuss the matter with members of the Metro Manila Council, the supervising board and the policy-making body of the MMDA.
Orbos admitted that the continuing increase number of private vehicles mainly the cause of monstrous traffic in Metro Manila. He cited that more than 5,000 vehicles enter the Batangas port daily and most of them are for distribution in Metro Manila.
The MMDA stated that the low price of brand new cars is also a factor.
Orbos said the volume of vehicles on the road can no longer be accommodated by the limited road network in Metro Manila.
Some analysts said to solve traffic congestions in Metro Manila, the government must concentrate on the development and improvement of the public transport system. They recommended also the strict regulation of car ownership, a no garage, no car policy and higher fees on parking area.
Orbos is supporting a proposed measure requiring new car buyers to prove they have parking space before they can complete the purchase.