Initial audit shows 57 barangays can accommodate roadside parking

BAGUIO CITY – At least 57 barangays can accommodate on-street or off-street parking, according to the initial audit report conducted by the City Engineering Office.

CEO Traffic Engr. Richard Lardizabal reported to the Management Committee led by Mayor Benjamin Magalong Dec. 10 that out of the 128 barangays in the city, 104 have either been validated or audited for parking viability.

The 57 barangays were affirmed to have ample spaces to provide parking slots either along their roads or their basketball courts.

The remaining 24 barangays will be evaluated in the ongoing audit recently ordered by the mayor to systematize the parking scheme of all barangays in the city.

Lardizabal said they evaluated whether the streets were two-way or one-way streets with roadside parking and can still allow emergency vehicles to pass.

Their widths were also measured to determine if they can allow parking with the standard clearance measurements of three meters for one-way and 5.7 to six meters for two-way streets.

Another consideration was whether the streets were busy thoroughfares or not.

The audit report will be the city’s basis in approving barangay resolutions designating parking slots within their jurisdictions.

The mayor earlier assured that the city will continue to allow the designation of appropriate stretches for parking particularly those covered by barangay ordinances only if these parked vehicles will not impede the flow of traffic./Aileen P. Refuerzo