The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said it would request the Congress to create a bill that will prohibit the purchase of cars without presenting proof of parking space. 

DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, in his interview with ANC’s Headstart, mentioned that illegally parked vehicles also cause traffic, apart from illegal vendors. 

“The solution here is a no garage, no car policy. But we would need a law for that. We understand that this is a big problem because of the one million vehicles that have no parking,” he said.

In 2016, Senator Sherwin Gatchan filed Senate Bill 201 or Proof of Parking Space Act and DILG has vowed to support it. 

“We will support that because I think that can be one of the long term solution to our parking problem,” he said.

Recently, Gatchalian urged President Rodrigo Duterte to fast track the passage of the bill as this will “help ease the perennial traffic woes”.

Under the said bill, Metro Manila-based individuals and businesses shall only be authorized to purchase cars if an affidavit proving they have a parking area will be presented. 

Meanwhile, Duterte has given Metro Manila mayors 60 days to act upon the order to reclaim public roads including primary and arterial roads. 

“The 60-day countdown started last Monday. We are very happy with the results so far,” Malaya said.

DILG Undersecretary further recommended the suspension of Metro mayors who are not able to accomplish the 60-day clearing period.

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Result of the 60-day clearing operation at Divisoria, Manila. The left photo was taken days before Christmas in 2018 while the right one was taken on July 3, 2019. (Image source: Richard A. Reyes/ newsinfo.inquirer.net)

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