“This is ridiculous,” said one homeowner.
“I don’t think they thought this through,” said another.
Several villagers went on social media to express their disbelief and disgust over an impending change in parking rates in Westgate and Filinvest Mall.
Effective tomorrow, July 3, 2017, the new parking scheme will be as follows:
P40 – first three hours for cars/vans
P30 – first three hours for motorcycles
P10 – for every succeeding hour
P300 – lost parking ticket
P500 – overnight parking
*rates apply on weekdays, weekends and public holidays
*no grace period
What irked most people who saw the new parking scheme/rates was the “no grace period” or meaning vehicles who only drop off passengers will still be charged the P40 regardless of how short they remain in Westgate and Filinvest Mall.
Most residents questioned the provision, especially those who drop off their children in the pre-schools in the mentioned commercial areas.
They also noted that Westgate does not even have a drop off point similar to Alabang Town Center and Filinvest and does not even have a shaded walkway from the entrances.
They condemned the move, saying it was a money-making move by the establishments.
Others were also quick to say that the new parking scheme is being employed to discourage employees from the nearby offices from using the parking lot.
Westgate and Filinvest Mall parking is more affordable than their office parking spaces or when they don’t have available parking in their offices anymore.
Some also use Westgate as a pass through to get from Alabang-Zapote Road to Commerce Ave. and vice versa.
Some also suggested that Westgate and Filinvest just employ other customer-friendlier schemes.
“They can present their receipts so they can get discounted rates or just don’t charge them if they stay for less than 15 minutes and exit the same gate they enter in just to prove they are not passing through,” said another villager.
Many residents also said they would not be patronizing the commercial establishments anymore and that they expect other customers to stop going as well due to the new parking rates.
This starts tomorrow so let’s see what happens.
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