Issue of June 9, 2019
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Dad proposed ‘congestion fees’ charged to visitors with cars
by Hanna C. Lacsamana

Councilors Leandro Yangot, Jr. and Faustino Olowan proposed an ordinance seeking for the collection of congestion fee from visitors with vehicles coming to Baguio as a way of alleviating the city’s traffic problem.

In their proposed measure entitled, “Congestion Fee Ordinance of the City of Baguio,” the councilors said all visiting vehicle owners shall pay P50 upon entry to the city. Residents are exempt from the payment of the fee.

If approved, the City Treasurer’s Office will be tasked to monitor and formulate the implementing guidelines of the ordinance.

The proponents said traffic, which is one of the biggest problems in Baguio City, can be minimized or at least controlled to a tolerable level.

This can be done by regulating the entry of visitor cars through the collection of a congestion fee from the owners.

The fee to be collected shall be used for programs and undertakings that will help alleviate the traffic problem. It shall be deposited in a trust account.

Based on the data from the Land Transportation Office Baguio, there are close to 60,000 registered motor vehicles plying the city roads, excluding those coming from La Trinidad, Benguet.

The Traffic Management Branch of the Baguio City Police Office earlier reported the maximum number of vehicles that can be accommodated if all public and private parking spaces, including roadsides parking will be used is only 2,800. The figure includes the 800 maximum parking capacity of SM City Baguio.

The city’s road network is made of narrow roads as the city was designed to cater to 25,000 people, but is now bursting with close to 400,000 residents.

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