San Juan Mayor enforces parking ban on four busy streets

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Motorists will not be allowed to park along four streets in Barangay Greenhills from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. starting today (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 25) — San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora on Thursday personally monitored the first day of the “No Parking Zone” rule on four busy city streets.

Zamora visited Barangay Greenhills and painted sidewalks to mark the no parking zones.

Under his Executive Order FMZ-004, vehicles will not be allowed to park on either side of the following streets from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.:

1. Club Filipino Avenue (part of Route 9 of the Metro Manila Development Authority Mabuhay Lane)

2. Annapolis Street (from corner of Eisenhower Street to corner of Missouri Street, which is part of Route 9 of the MMDA Mabuhay Lane)

3. Missouri Street (corner of Annapolis Street to corner of Connecticut Street)

4. Connecticut Street (from the corner of Missouri Street to the corner of Ortigas Avenue, which comprises Route 10 of the MMDA Mabuhay Lane)

Zamora said they towed about three or four vehicles so far for violating the rule.

The mayor advised motorists to avail of the 3,000 parking slots of the Greenhills Shopping Center in Ortigas Avenue. He added this may still increase to 5,000 by yearend because of new “modular parking buildings.”

Addressing traffic

Zamora also said the previous administration used a portion of the streets as "pay parking" areas. San Juan was under Janella Estrada before Zamora ended the Estrada clan’s five-decade hold on the city in the May 13 elections.

“This is a two-lane street. Now there was street parking, naging one lane na lang ito. Kaya mong isipin kung gaano ka-grabe ang trapiko at perwisyong nadudulot nito sa mga motoritsta na dumadaan sa Greenhills araw-araw,” he told CNN Philippines’ Balitaan.

[Translation: This is a two-lane street . Now there was street parking, it became a one-lane street. You can imagine how the heavy traffic and inconvenience this caused motorists passing by Greenhills everyday.]

His order also stated clearing the streets would help decongest EDSA (Epifanio de los Santos Ave.), since these designated Mabuhay Lanes serve as secondary roads to private vehicles.

Violators will receive citation tickets and vehicles will be towed for traffic obstruction.

Zamora said he has also discussed traffic problems in the Metro Manila Council meeting earlier Thursday. This is in response to President Rodrigo Duterte's call to reclaim public roads during his fourth State of the Nation Address on Monday to ease traffic in the metropolis.