(SPOT.ph) If you're looking for an awesome obstacle course, look no further than our own roads. Metro Manila is notorious for cramped inner city roads full of haphazardly parked cars (sometimes on both sides) but it looks like one city is setting an example we should all follow: Marikina City now requires businesses to ensure that their buildings will have enough parking space before they can start construction. This new policy is under the "No Garage, No Building Permit Ordinance of 2019."
"Anyone who intends to construct a structure shall be required to show proof like the presentation of a building plan or blueprint, attesting to the availability of a permanent parking space or facility on his/her proposed construction as a requirement for the issuance of a building permit," states Section 3 of the ordinance.
"So through [this] ordinance we can lessen vehicles parked on the roads and streets—declogging, of course, the traffic," said Councilor Donn Favis, who authored the ordinance, according to a report by the Manila Bulletin. Added Favis, this ordinance was enacted under the Department of Interior and Local Government's directive to clear all of the Metro's public roads. The department has also pushed for a nationwide "No Garage, No Car" policy.
Marikina's city government is also proposing to remove subdivision gates under another ordinance, also authored by Favis, to allow non-residents to use all public roads. "Ang totoo niyan ang roads kasi ay hindi naman owned by neither of the residents living or operating a business in the area. Wala sa kanila ang pagmamay-ari nun, pagmamay-ari noon ay nasa gobyerno," said Favis in a report by CNN Philippines. Homeowners are opposed to the idea, but according to the public servant, "they have to comply."
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