Starting next week, the
first parking meters in the country will be put to use in parts of
Binondo, Manila, facilitating parking transactions that used to be done
According to a report on GMA News' "24 Oras,"
the Manila Parking Management (MAPMA) sees this as an effective measure
against delinquent motorists and extortion by parking officers.
Based on the report,
parking costs P20 for the first two hours, and P10 for every succeeding
hour. To use the meters, motorists simply have to buy a parking card in
P50 or P100 denominations.
Before parking, motorists
should first check the balance on their card by pressing any button on
the meter twice and placing their card on the metal plate. Should they
decide to park they simply repeat the process but press the button only
When the green light starts blinking, it means
the meter has started to run. When leaving, the process is repeated
again, and the appropriate amount will be deducted from the card.
When the credit on the card runs out, they can be reloaded with amounts from P10 to P500.
administrator Jun Enuye explained: "Pag naubos na po yung load nito,
ang gagawin po ninyo, inform yung parking officer, at yung aming parking
officer tatawag po nung aming tinatawag na reloader. So ang gagawin ng
reloader natin, ita-tap niya to, irereload niya to kung magkano po yung
specific amount na gusto nung parker."
kung sakaling hindi naman talaga nagbabayad, dahil pag nakita niyang
may vehicle at hindi naman nagbiblink sa apat na slot intended for
parking meter, malalaman niya talagang hindi nagbayad yun," Enuye said.
parking card is valid for one year. Motorists who no longer need it can
return it to the parking officer who wil refund the P20 fee for the
The report said that MAPMA also plans to install parking meters in Ermita, Rizal Park (Luneta), and Malate. — Amanda Lago/DVM/KG, GMA News