QC knocks down subdivision guard houses collecting toll fees under Mabuhay Lane

QC knocks down subdivision guard houses collecting toll fees under Mabuhay Lane

‘Now you see it’

By Rjhay E. Laurea

MANILA — The Quezon City Department of Public Order and Safety (QC-DPOS) demolished the guard houses-turned-toll booths of villages and subdivisions in various parts of Katipunan Avenue in Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches.

‘Now you don’t’

It was found out that these guard houses were illegally collecting fees from motorists and delivery trucks.

“Tuloy-tuloy ang operation natin sa mga illegal na guard house kahit pa sa private subdivisions. Makikita naman na obstruction ang mga ito at hindi dapat pinagbabayad ang mga motorista para lang makadaan sa mga pampublikong kalsada,” the head of DPOS, Elmo San Diego said.

Among those guard houses include the one owned by California Village along Katipunan Avenue which was included in Mabuhay Lane.

The guard house collects 50-200 pesos per day from motorists and delivery vehicles.

DPOS also demolished another guard house in California Village while the Sierra Vista Subdivision demolished their own along Katipunan Ave.

Furthermore, three guard houses-cum-toll booths in Kingspoint Subdivision and other two from another subdivision which was named Goodwill were also demolished, according to them its intention was to clear the roads.

Mayor Belmonte called on associations of village homeowners, she said, its agenda was to refrain the collection of fees from motorists especially on public roads.

“We do not tolerate private subdivisions that take advantage of our motorists just because they have to pass their gates. Mabuhay lanes are public roads and no one should pay any amount to access these roads,” Mayor Belmonte said.

“Road safety is a shared responsibility. We must refrain from obstructing public roads to give way not just for motorized vehicles but also to alternative transportation users and pedestrians,” she added.

QC-DPOS will resume to clear all the roads upon direct orders by the city mayor, providing safe roads to motorists, cyclists and sidewalks to pedestrians. (ai/mtvn)

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