February 23, 2024

The city government is speeding up plans to construct several multi-level parking buildings to ease the lack of parking areas in the city, according to Mayor Benjamin Magalong.

In an interview, Jan. 15, the mayor said he has been meeting on a weekly basis with other concerned local officials to fast-track the put-up of said parking facilities.

“We have already identified about 13 areas to establish the structures that would generate around 7,000 public parking slots but our target is a minimum of 14,000 parking slots,” Magalong said.

At present, the city has only 2,700 public parking slots for an estimated 56,000 registered vehicles including 15,000 motorcycles.

To counter this lack, the local government needs to deploy traffic personnel and law enforcement and also remind visitors to use public transport instead of their private vehicles, he said.

Thousands of tourists are again expected to converge in the city for this year’s Baguio Flower Festival slated to commence on Feb. 1. – Gaby B. Keith