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Joy Belmonte tells private villages: Don’t collect fees from motorists passing through gates

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Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte called on village homeowners associations to refrain from collecting fees from motorists especially on public roads.

Belmonte issued the call as she stressed that road safety is a “shared responsibility” and public roads must not be obstructed.

“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,” the mayor said.

The Quezon City Department of Public Order and Safety recently demolished the guard house of a private subdivision in Katipunan Avenue in Barangay San Bartolome which was reportedly collecting fees from motorists and delivery trucks passing through.

The guard house owned by California Village situated along Katipunan Avenue, a mabuhay lane, was considered a road obstruction. In addition, the village guard house collects fees from motorists especially delivery trucks, from 50 pesos up to 200 pesos per day.

“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,” DPOS head Elmo San Diego said.

DPOS also demolished another guard house from California Village while the Sierra Vista Subdivision homeowners demolished two of their own guard houses, also along Katipunan Avenue.