A first in PH: Manila tries parking meters …



A NEWLY installed parking meter up close. Note that the inscriptions put the fee at P30 for the first two hours, but Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim asked the project’s private investor, Capital Wise Corp., during Friday’s launch to have it reduced to P20. The request was granted on the spot. PHOTO BY NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

The country’s first metered parking system was launched in Manila’s Chinatown on Friday, lending a touch of First World technology in a city of extreme contrasts where luxury cars and sport utility vehicles compete for space with jeepneys, pedicabs, and even the horse-drawn kalesa.

The meters, which are expected to be fully operational next week, will be installed initially on the major streets of Binondo, such as Quentin Paredes, Juan Luna, Madrid, Ongpin, Escolta and Benitez.

“The project aims to bring the City of Manila to the forefront of First World technology and help it achieve its goal of bringing progress to society,” said Freddie Fremista, business development officer of Manila Parking Management (Mapma).

Mapma is the operating arm of the project’s private investor, Capital Wise Corp.

Gracing the launch, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim expressed hope that the parking system, which is similar to those used in cities in Europe and the United States, would help solve the perennial traffic problems in the Binondo district.

“This will be the pioneer project, if this will be successful and accepted by the people, we will implement it in other areas,” Lim said, noting that the system could help deter double parking and ease traffic flow.

“Any kind of change will encounter initial difficulties, but once people get used to it they will learn to adjust. It is for everyone’s benefit to simplify our traffic management,” Lim added.

A FEMALE attendant explains to a motorist how to operate a newly installed parking meter in Binondo, Manila. PHOTO BY NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

The city government will have a share in the parking revenues, potentially to the tune of P10 million annually, Fremista said.

“The parking management shall not only install parking meters but also provide collateral services to ensure effectiveness,” Fremista said. “Street sweepers, roving mechanics and marshals (on bicycles and e-wheels) will be deployed to assist, provide security and enhance coordination with barangay officials.”

Motorists who wish to park on the metered zones need to have parking tap cards. The cards are “reloadable” and can be bought from Mapma’s roving attendants.

Once the vehicle is parked, the driver must swipe the card at the meter post and press the corresponding number of the parking slot. The same procedure goes for parking out.

“Don’t forget to park out so that your load will not be consumed,” Fremista said during the launch at Plaza Lorenzo Ruiz in Binondo, where he showed how to operate the Chinese-made meters.

If the motorist failed to pay or exceeded the parking time available in the tap card, the vehicle will be towed by the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau.

The parking fee is P20 for the first two hours and P10 for every succeeding hour. A five-minute grace period before and after parking the vehicle will be allowed.

Some of the streets covered by the metered system will have 24-hour parking service, while others will allow parking only from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Security cameras will also be installed in the parking areas.

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  • boybakal

    Though late in our country, very good indeed.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Maybe emphasize also that failure to swipe the card at the meter post after parking, the vehicle will also be towed?
    Kaya lang, bakit chinese-made meters? Wala bang ibang brand?

  • Andre Mitchell

    “if this will be successful and accepted by the people, we will implement it in other areas.”

    If accepted by the people?

    Every parent would know – kids will never accept discipline. 
    Yet we have to implement discipline. 
    Only a typical politiko would put his “acceptability” more important than what has to be done!

    Punta kayo sa Marikina o sa Subic/Olongapo.
    Doon nyo makikita kung anong difference ang kayang gawin kung may disiplina ang taong bayan.
    Thanks to BF and Gordon!
    Acceptability, or popularity, takes second place to discipline.
    Kaya maganda sa Marikina at sa Subic/Olongapo noong panahon nila.

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Talaga naman ang pinas puro na lang pinaglumaan ang gusto! habang ang karamihan sa developed countries ay na-phase out na ang mga ganito klase parking meter kapalit ng isang machine na may internet connection para tumanggap ng cash, visa or debit….mas tipid kesa isang parking spot, isang parking meter…..at maintenance pa nito ay mas mahal kesa isang machine lang na monitored…….may kumita dito at hindi nakakapagtaka kasi pinoy eh!

  • $8278216

    wala talaga tayong sariling gawa kaya sa awa umiinog ang buhay ng pinas,metro lamang bibilhin pa sa ibang bansa.doon pa sa CHINA na puro TOXIC ang productong dinadala sa atin. pag nasira tatawag pa kayo ng intsik na gagawa,mag isip kayong supurtahan ang mga inbentor na pinoy.

  • 7up2

    May parts ba yan kung masira? Magkano parking fee ng pedicab, kulig-lig at tricycle?

  • flip1sba

    Baguio had parking meters way before Manila. You’ll see alot of them in Session Road.

  • basilionisisa

    Good project, Congratulations!

    suggestion: Impose a quota for parking inspectors, kung hindi baka puro ‘patawad’ at lagayan ang mangyari dyan.

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