The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has urged mayors to convert vacant lots into pay parking areas, terminals of public transport, and spaces for vehicles affected by the on-going clearing operations by both the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and local government units (LGUs).

DILG Undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said that converting these vacant lots could be beneficial to LGUs, commuters as well as the owners of these private lots. LGUs and commuters will have a place to park their vehicles while the private lot owners can earn extra money from idle lands.

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According to Malaya, San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora will be implementing a similar move in converting idle lots owned by the city government into parking spaces. Furthermore, he adds that Zamora will also be talking with private owners in order to convert other empty lots in the city into pay parking areas. In exchange for using these private lots, Zamora is looking to offer incentives to owners such as lower business taxes.

Following the initiative of Mayor Zamora in San Juan, Malaya has appealed to landowners within the Metro to help the government by being open to partnering with their respective LGUs. He says that doing so would greatly help the government’s effort in reducing traffic within Metro Manila, and quite possibly in the whole country. LGUs can then give discounts and other incentives to landowners who do so.

“This is a chance for private landowners to make proper use of their idle lands. Makatutulong na po kayo sa bayan, makadadagdag pa ito sa inyong income,” Malaya told the press.  (This is a chance for private landowners to make proper use of their idle hands. You will be able to help the country and earn more money at the same time).

So if one of your readers happen to own a vacant space of land, why not put it into use and help the country?