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September 27, 2019
Committee on Trade and Industry
House of Representatives
Subject : Car Park Regulation Bills
Laban Konsyumer Inc., a non stock, non profit registered entity is an accredited consumer organization of the Department of Trade and Industry and a full term member of the Consumers International .
We submit our comments and recommendations on various bill proposing regulations of the car park business, namely HB 386, 450,506,1037,2125,2214,2923,3215,3262,3540,3559,4335 and 4621.
First, we propose that Congress propose a broad policy that encourages the establishment , operation , maintainance and security of the car park business amidst the worsening conditions of vehicles that use the public streets for parking .
Second, car park business could start in the neighborhood barangays , villages and subdivisions that will use vacant lots and premises as parking spaces. Local ordinances can issue zoning guidelines of the parking premises . The local barangays or an entrepreneur , can operate , maintain and secure parking premises at terms and conditions the concerned lot owners , Homeowner Associations , the public transport like jeepneys associations including tricycles owners and drivers associations can agree with the local executives . Buses normally enters into leases on vacant premises as their parking terminals .
Third, in the cities , commercial and government centers , business should be encouraged to establish and operate more private and commercial parking structures on vacant premises at no cost to the local government unit . The concerned local government unit should extend all support to the entrepreneur entering the car park business.
Fourth , the applicable rates and schemes proposed in the various bills can be harmonized . There could be no one formula that fits all types of commercial parking premises. Local government units that can afford to offer discounts to parking fees for certain sectors of the society should be allowed to do so but should not be mandated as such. We are oppose to provide fines and penalties in the conduct of the car parking business.
Fifth, big operators of parking buildings in malls and other commercial establishments, including hospitals , should provide disclosure to Congress on whether their existing rates are subsidized by the amounts they collect from their tenants. The disclosure is relevant in the crafting of applicable rates on the matter .
The Laban Konsyumer Inc. expresses our appreciation to the various sponsors of the Bills for the opportunity to submit our comments , as well as conveying our desire to continue our participation in the deliberation of the various bills.
Very truly yours,
Atty. Victorio Mario A. Dimagiba, AB, LLB, LLM
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