VIGAN CITY, January 26 (PIA) – Public streets in the heritage city of Vigan are outside the commerce of men.
This was the message of an ordinance that the Vigan city council passed prohibiting business establishments to post sign board notices that make public streets an extension of their parking space.
Business owners, as a practice, would often post notices converting their building frontage as reserved parking spaces for clients and employees.
The prohibition, which covers public streets, was pursuant to Ordinance No. 18, passed by the Sangguniang Panlungsod and approved by Mayor Eva Marie S. Medina stating that no one can prohibit the use of Vigan City streets as parking areas.
In the same vein, no one can reserve any part of the street for his own personal and exclusive parking space based on the ordinance.
Exempted from the ordinance are areas designated for public utilities and horse-driven vehicles or calesas.
Those who violate the law will be slapped with penalties ranging from P200 to P5,000.
Parking in Vigan’s streets is generally prohibited where traffic is heavy. (MCA/MNOA /PIA1 Ilocos Sur)