Marikina City, 1st District
WARNING: This is a rant
Freshman congressman Rep. Marcelino Teodoro (Lakas-CMD, 1st District, Marikina) wins this year's award for the dumbest urban management idea EVER.
House Bill No. 2938 would allow free parking in shopping malls, hotels and other commercial establishments.
How stupid is that? Talk about auto-elitism. And this guy is one of the vice-chairs of the Metro Manila Development committee in congress.
"In the interest of upholding the rights of consumers, these centers of leisure and other related activities should provide free parking spaces and amenities to their patrons," Teodoro said.It's so stupid I won't even bother to explain why I think it's stupid. (Can someone please explain the idea of externalities to the good congressman?)
Teodoro said owners of commercial establishments should not profit from their customers through the collection of parking fees since it has negligible effect on their revenues. "Anyway, any income derived from parking fees are mitigated by the influx of customers once the prohibitive costs of parking fees are eliminated," Teodoro said.
And runner ups in stupidity goes to Pacific News Center and their reporter Mike Cohen. Read the totally unenlightened and uneducated article which begins with this gem of a bullet under the photo:
Metro Manila's increasing transportation and parking problems led to alternatives like the MRT and LRT train systemsReally now? Parking problems led to alternatives like the MRT?
In some parts of Metro Manila, even public spaces on streets and sidewalks often attempt to restrict parking.When did parking become a right?
Ah, kids, the road ahead is a long one. There are so many we need to educate and enlighten.
What floors me is Teodoro's legislative record doesn't seem to be that bad. He has
- HB02230. AN ACT REGULATING THE USE AND MAINTENANCE OF SIDEWALKS, STREETS AND SIMILAR PUBLIC PLACES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES, and
- HB00715. AN ACT REGULATING THE CONSTRUCTION, INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE OF BILLBOARDS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
- HB02196. AN ACT PROHIBITING CYBER SEX AND OTHER RELATED ACTIVITIES IN THE INTERNET, PROVIDING PENALTIES THEREFOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES