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We go to Bonifacio Global City in Taguig a lot. That's to attend industry events or meet with industry executives, or even just to dine and shop. Safe to say a week doesn't pass without a trip to the district. Last night, however, when we went to BGC to host our ninth-anniversary party at Privé Luxury Club, we got the surprise of our motoring lives.

As we entered the parking lot of the Fort Strip, the parking booth attendant informed us of the facility's new parking rates: After parking for five hours, you will have to pay P100 for every hour. We arrived at 4pm and we figured we'd need to stay until the end of the party at around 1am. That meant we'd be parked there for a total of nine hours--amounting to the regular parking fee for five hours plus P400 for the exceeding four hours.

Later, we overheard people saying they had to take their cars out and find another parking lest they get billed for the excess period after five hours.

We understand that BGC management thought of doing this to discourage those who use their parking facilities without actually patronizing the establishments around said parking lots. Like, say, people who work at offices in the district, who would park their cars early in the morning and leave early evening. But what about people with a legitimate reason to stay in the area for more than five hours?

Do you think this new parking-fee scheme is reasonable? Take our poll.

Is it reasonable to charge car owners P100 per hour after 5 hours of parking?
Yes, that's fine. Five hours should be enough for customers to do their thing
We get the purpose, but the computation needs tweaking
No, it doesn't make sense. Other customers will get unjustly penalized

Vernon B. Sarne
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