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BG seeks parking space for City Hall clients


The City Council yesterday asked Mayor Beng Climaco to come up with a study that would provide designated public parking areas for people who are going to City Hall to transact official business following numerous complaints received by the august body that clients of the city government are facing difficulty looking for parking areas whenever they visit City Hall.

District II Councilor Benjamin BG Guingona sponsored the resolution which was unanimously approved by the members of the local august body during its regular session yesterday.

Guingona lamented the fact that City Hall clients are experiencing undue inconvenience whenever they have to visit City Hall for official and business purposes since there is no designated or available parking area near it unlike in other cities and provinces where local government units have ample space reserved for their clients.

“This resolution which is addressed to her Honor Mayor Beng Climaco hopes that the City Hall can look for ways and means on how to provide needed parking space for people transacting business with the city government.,” Councilor Guingona told reporters in an interview.

He disclosed that his office has received many complaints from local residents specially entrepreneurs and businessmen that they are forced to park their vehicles even as far as Pettit Barracks near the BIR office and also near the Port Area beside the Post Office since there is not a single parking space available near City Hall.

Lately, most of the parking space near City Hall were already reserved for city government officials and employees, Guingona pointed out.

The councilor pointed out that is high time for City Hall to come up with a plan for the parking area of its clientele.

During the deliberation on the floor yesterday, District II Councilor Jimmy Villaflores suggested that the mayor can utilize the space of the City Sunken Garden as designated parking lot for City Hall customers considering its proximity to City Hall.

“As a local government unit of a highly-urbanized city, City Hall should immediately find way on how to provide parking space for its client. They should prioritize the accessibility and convenience of its customers,” Guingona emphasized.

The councilor said that by next month many owners/operators of business establishments are expected to go to City Hall for the early filing of the renewal of business permits.

Many owners/proprietors of stable businesses are filing the renewal of their business permits as early as December to avoid the rush on the first week of next year.—Jemue E. Mojica

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