Silliman University (SU) is set to make improvements in its current parking policy in line with the heightened security measures it is taking inside the campus.
Based on the guidelines which will be officially released next week, there will be changes in the parking situation and traffic flow inside the campus, including the assignment of parking zones to students, faculty and staff, parents, and the general public.
According to Atty. Fe Marie Tagle, vice-president for Finance and Development, the objective of this new policy is to provide security measures, especially that parking spaces inside the campus are open to non-Sillimanians.
“We wanted to make sure that we have a parking policy that can clearly monitor vehicles and people coming in and out of the campus,” Tagle said.
Tagle added that the university was ready for the 2016-2017 car stickers in July, but situations involving the general public leaving their cars in the campus for a number of days triggered SU to look into the its current parking policy.
Tagle also confirmed that there will be an increase in the price for the new parking stickers and emphasized that “whatever amount [SU] can raise in the paid parking will go to scholarships.”
Tagle added that the new price is reasonable given that car owners can park their cars in the campus from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. She also clarified that parking zones are “first come, first serve.”
Aside from paid parking, there will be free parking zones where cars will be allowed to park for a given amount of time.
“We cannot provide 24 hours [free parking]…[car owners] will expect that we will be guarding their vehicles,” Tagle said.
According to Tagle, SU has a total of 3.5 hectares allotted for parking and is planning to add more. She added that SU seems to be the only school in the city that opens its campus for the general public to park their cars.
“Indirectly, we are helping the city enforce its traffic policies. Silliman has a huge contribution in parking…[we can help clear] saturated streets,” Tagle said.
Tagle added that this policy can also help reduce the carbon footprint of the university as parking for bikes are free, provided that owners secure their own bikes.
Free parking will also be offered to persons with disabilities and senior citizens.
More details to the new policy will be announced next week.