DCIPC to craft special incentive package for parking buildings

As part of the measures to reduce the traffic congestion in the city, the Davao City Investment Promotions Center will create a special incentive package for parking buildings.

In an interview on Tuesday, DCIPC Head Lemuel Ortonio said the agency together with City Legal Counsel, City Engineers Office and City Assessor’s Office, is still in the stage of consultation and formulation of the incentive.

He stressed that parking buildings and parking lots will be a requirement for all incoming locators in the city.

“This will be a preparation for the implementation of No Parking Policy of Mayor Inday,” said Ortonio.

He said DCIPC is still looking at providing incentives such as business tax and real property tax exemptions.

“We are also looking at the possibility of long-term incentive period,” Ortonio added.

Davao City Investment Promotion Center (DCIPC) is the lead agency of the City Government of Davao in promoting Davao as a viable investment site through organization or participation in business missions, fairs, exhibits, conferences, and fora.

It operates mainly to provide investors and the business community free professional services such as investment incentive facilitation, assistance in securing business permits and licenses, assistance in finding suitable sites, manpower and raw materials, business matching, investment counseling and data banking.

Meanwhile, Davao City Acting City Engineer and City Building Official Joseph Dominic Felizarta, a task force was formed by the city government to conduct a study on the building height requirement in the city which will be the basis for formulating policies in the city.

“Usually it is CAAP (Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines) that sets the building requirement but Mayor wants to have a city-based policy for that,” he said.

The limiting of building height requirement is also seen to prevent worsening the city’s traffic situation as lower building height in traffic-prone areas will also mean lower occupancy rate and lesser congestion.