Portions of Upper and Lower Session roads have been identified as areas where the  regulatory parking fees will be imposed

Baguio City will soon levy regulatory parking fees along select roads in the city’s central business district.

Through a city ordinance recommended by Mayor Benjamin Magalong, the city council supports the imposition of fees for regular vehicles of P35 for the first two hours and additional P10 for the succeeding hour, and P20 for the first two hours and P5 for the next hour for motorbikes.

It will be effective within the 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. window on 13 stretches of nine roads identified in the study conducted by City Treasurer Alex Cabarrubias, with the support of the City Engineering Office Traffic and Transport Management Division. 

The areas which will be affected by the proposal include portions of Lower and Upper Session Roads, Kalaw St., Assumption Road, Harrison Road, Calderon St., Claudio St., Gov. Pack Road, Kayang-Hilltop and other roads that will be named by the Land Traffic and Transportation Management Committee (LTTMC) but subject to the final say of the city council.

Upon approval, the Implementing Rules and Regulations will be crafted by concerned local agencies.

The city will have an additional monthly income of P547,000 to P947,000 as a result of this new ordinance, according to the city treasurer.

Meanwhile to address the worsening traffic problem, the city is targeting to build more parking buildings in the areas of Jadewell, a private lot along Abanao St., the City Hall Annex at the Baguio Fire Station, the old library site, the Athletic Bowl, the BIBAK lot along Harrison Road, the Wright Park, the back of the Baguio Convention Center, the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) property near Victory Liner; and at the Bayan Park at Bayan Park Village. (Jojo Mangahis)