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Several streets in the central business district will be set as parking areas.

Following the Zamboanga City Traffic Operations Management (ZCTOM) meeting last Saturday, the Zamboanga City Police Station 11 identified and proposed several streets within its jurisdiction to be utilized as parking areas.

“In order to address some specific concerns of different sector, particularly the business sector, last Saturday we had a walkthrough with [Executive Assistant] Sir Jawo, [City Administrator] Ma’am Apple, and Police Chief Inspector Sta. Teresa with the purpose of identifying streets na pwede natin gamitin as parking areas,” Police Station 11 Commander Ariel Huesca said Monday, April 17.

This, Huesca said, is a short-term recommendation that will have changes along the way to account for the changes in the traffic situation.

The following recommended parking areas are: Pilar Street, Panigayan Street, Sevilla Street, Corcuera Extension, Tomas Claudio Street (junction Veterans avenue up to junction with Almonte street), and JS Alano Street will have parallel Northside parking.

Streets with parallel Southside parking are: Gen. Vicente Street, Valderrosa Street (junction Maria Clara street up to Villalobos), Gov. Lim Avenue, Ledesma Street, and San Jose Road from 9 AM – 5 PM and 8 PM – 6 AM, Labuan Road, Castillo Road (Camins road) and Legionaire.

Meanwhile, Campaner Street, Barcelona Street, P. Reyes Street, Varela Street, Nuñez Street (St. Joseph up to Nuñez-P. Rodriguez Street) Baliwasan Chico, Castillo Road (Castillo road parallel Eastside), Baliwasan, J. Johnston Street, Suterville, and Normal road will have Parallel Eastside parking.

Parallel Westside parking will be practiced for La Purisima Street, Orendain Sr. Street, Calixto Street, Nuñez Street (T. Claudio Street up to side building of cable office), and Veterans Avenue.

Rizal Street will have parallel Northside parking from its junction with Corcuera street to its junction with Maria Clara street, parallel Southside parking from its junction with Maria Clara street to its junction with Corcuera street, and its junction with Villalobos street to its junction with Corcuera street, and diagonal Southside from its junction with Petit Barracks up to intersection with Villalobos street.

Mercado Street and R. Sulaiman Street will have diagonal Eastside parking, Pilar Street (junction Corcuera street to junction with P. Lorenzo) will have diagonal Northside parking, and unknown street with diagonal Westside parking.

Diagonal Southside parking will be set for  T. Claudio Street (junction Murga comp up to junction Mercado extension), Pilar Street (ZCWD/PS Bank and others), and Rizal Street (junction with F. Marcos street up to intersection with Villalobos street, Red Cross side) for MCs only on setback area, and Valderrosa Street (Lantaka Hotel, Villalobos street to Pettit Barracks).

All other streets not mentioned are considered as no parking zone.

Huesca said they have suggested to the local government unit to amend or issue another executive order to implement the suggested allowable parking areas.

City Administrator Apple Go added that the proposal was discussed during the ZCTOM meeting, and a resolution was passed to review the existing ordinance on traffic.

“Most [streets] were not in conflict with the ordinance, some gray areas that the streets were not mentioned,” she said.  (Jasmine Mohammadsali)