Baguio City intensifies efforts to get rid illegally parked vehicles

BAGUIO CITY –City Mayor Mauricio Domogan said abandoned vehicles deemed as obstructions on national and local roads will be towed and will be sold to junk shops if owners defy the notices issued by the Anti-road Obstruction Task Force for them to remove their vehicles along the road.

Domogan said members of the task force provided the owners of the abandoned vehicles the appropriate notices to remove their vehicles.

The local government unit (LGU) of Baguio City has notified the owners to remove their vehicles within a 15-day period as part of due process.

If the vehicle owners continue to defy the issued notices, it will be the turn of the anti-road obstruction task force to tow the vehicles to the junk shops because the local government does not have the luxury of space to accommodate the huge volume of junk vehicles along roads in the different parts of the city, Domogan said.

The LGU will invoke its authority over road-right-of-ways around the city and clear the same from obstructions to allow the smooth flow of traffic even along barangay roads so that motor vehicle owners will be compelled to look for parking areas that will not contribute to obstructions in the city.

Domogan reiterated his call on barangay officials to identify vacant spaces in their respective areas of jurisdiction which could be used by their constituents as common parking spaces for their vehicles.

The city’s anti-road obstruction task force, which is composed of representatives from various government agencies, is expected to conduct a citywide clean-up of the obstructions along national, city and barangay roads to help in efforts to rid the streets of obstructions that contribute to the worsening traffic jams around the city.

The LGU coordinated with concerned government line agencies (GLAs) for the deputation of barangay officials in the city’s 128 barangays for them to be empowered to remove the license plates of vehicles that are pinpointed to be the causes of obstructions and compel the owners to pay the fine before they can claim their confiscated license plates.

The mayor appealed to local residents to cooperate with the anti-obstruction task force to help ease traffic congestions that result in their being late in their work, classes and appointments due to tremendous traffic jams being triggered by obstructions. Jojo Lamaria/