IN LINE WITH the implementation of the new parking scheme and guidelines this semester, Silliman University (SU) has started the issuing of gate pass stickers last Nov. 21.
Gate pass stickers are for vehicles of the parents of the School of Basic Education and Junior High School students. Cars and motorcycles with gate pass stickers are only allowed to enter the university to drop off and pick up students.
Owners who will park their vehicles with gate pass stickers inside the university will be penalized.
According to Christy Destor, in-charge of the distribution of parking stickers, gate pass stickers will bereleased until further notice at the Student Lounge 1, Oriental Hall.
Destor added that the university is targeting to release vehicle passes for the faculty and staff, and possibly also for students, on Nov. 28.
“The university is still in the process of plotting parking spaces for the faculty and staff… so we can know how many plots to release to the students,” Destor said.
While vehicle passes are still not available, the students and faculty and staff are required to present their valid ID at the university gates before entering.
Gate pass stickers are at Php500 pesos per semester from its former price of Php250, while vehicle pass stickers will cost Php5000 per semester. Faculty and staff members are granted a free vehicle pass on their first vehicle.
Meanwhile, some students with vehicles are expressing their thoughts on the parking fee increase.
“I don’t really like the excuse that just because we bring cars to school means that we can also afford that sticker. I can afford it, yes, but it doesn’t mean that it’s reasonable,” a junior mass communication student said.
According to Cecilio Saludar, liaison officer of the Office of Student Services, they are ready to implement the university policy despite mixed student reactions.
“I have been putting stickers on vehicles since 2005 and I have not heard of anyone who is happy with fees, [but this is a university policy],” Saludar said.
SU started the plan of implementing a new parking policy last semester to heighten security and assist the city in its traffic flow.