Pri­vate firm to han­dle city’s park­ing sys­tem

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Jean Marvette A. De­me­cillo/GAN

Park­ing ar­eas along Colon and other ma­jor streets in Cebu City may soon be re­ha­bil­i­tated once the Cebu City Coun­cil ap­proves the pro­posal of a firm to mod­ern­ize the on-street park­ing man­age­ment and park­ing col­lec­tion ser­vices in the city.

Solomon Say, chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer of Tok­a­gawa Global Cor­po­ra­tion, said the com­pany will re­paint the park­ing slots, change the park­ing signs and re­ha­bil­i­tate the streets once the con­tract be­tween the com­pany and the City Gov­ern­ment will be signed.

“Ba­si­cally, it (park­ing op­er­at­ing sys­tem) trans­mits real time traf­fic in­for­ma­tion, park­ing in­for­ma­tion to a web­site which the city will have ac­cess to for au­dit pur­poses. So, ev­ery­thing will be trans­par­ent be­tween us and the city to track how much is col­lected for park­ing per street and per col­lec­tor as well,” he told re­porters.

Say as­sured that the city gov­ern­ment will not spend any­thing for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the streets.

Say pre­sented the com­pany’s un­so­licited pro­posal to the City Coun­cil dur­ing an ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion last Tues­day.

Dur­ing the ses­sion, Say as­sured the mem­bers of the City Coun­cil that the com­pany will ab­sorb all 72 park­ing aides of the Cebu City Trans­porta­tion Of­fice that will be dis­placed be­cause of the pri­va­ti­za­tion of the on­street park­ing man­age­ment.

Aside from ab­sorb­ing the 72 ex­ist­ing park­ing aides, Say said that they will hire 72 park­ing aides more since there will be two shifts for the park­ing ser­vices.

City Coun­cilors Eu­ge­nio Gabuya, Jr. and Jerry Guardo pro­posed the res­o­lu­tion autho­riz­ing Mayor To­mas Os­meña to sign the con­tract be­tween the city gov­ern­ment and the Tok­a­gawa Global Cor­po­ra­tion.

The res­o­lu­tion is part of the agenda of the reg­u­lar ses­sion of the City Coun­cil next week.

Guardo said the city gov­ern­ment will save from this three-year con­tract with the pri­vate com­pany.

He said that the city will no longer pay for the salaries of the 72 park­ing aides and as well as the com­pany’s guar­an­teed 22 per­cent rev­enue share or P8.7 mil­lion an­nual share, which­ever is higher.

“We are look­ing for ways on how we can im­prove our cur­rent traf­fic man­age­ment sys­tem. Cur­rently, we are us­ing man­u­ally. By us­ing man­u­ally, we can’t max­i­mize the in­come gen­er­ated by the city with this park­ing,” he said.

Guardo ex­pressed his con­fi­dence that the res­o­lu­tion autho­riz­ing the mayor to sign the con­tract will be ap­proved next week.

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