Due to stricter implementation of the parking policy, the Silliman University (SU) parking fee increased from Php 1,000 to Php 5,000.
According to Atty. Fe Marie Tagle, vice-president for Finance and Development, “To implement the change, there are a lot of considerations… to be transparent about it, the whole process of coming up with this revise policy included members of the different sectors in the University.”
The committee for the process was headed by Tagle. Along with her are the School of Basic Education (SBE) principals; Engr. Jesus G. Amiscaray, Jr., dean of the College of Engineering & Design; the alumni community; and Leo Mamicpic presented the sentiments of the senior citizen, Public Assistance and Security Office (PASO), Buildings and Grounds (BG), and the Student Government (SG).
According to Tagle, with the increase of fee, there will also be an increase of monitor. She noted, “If you avail for a parking slot, it will be yours, there will be a person to monitor.” She added that in case different number will park in an assigned area, they will call the attention of the driver.
Tagle said that in their estimation there are only 100 slots available for a fee. “If everyone gets the [Php] 5,000 in 100 slots, that will raise about [Php] 500,000 for the whole semester,” she said.
Tagle stated the money to be raised from the parking fee will be allocated for scholarships.
With the new parking policy, Sillimanians can park inside the campus from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tagle said that compared to other establishments in Dumaguete that offer parking spaces, the parking fee in Silliman is cheaper. “If you will compute it, you are only paying Php 25 for a whole day stay… it’s like Php 3 per hour,” she said.
She also noted that there will be a penalty for those who will violate the parking policy. “There will be a warning first, then a revocation…then you will wait for another one year to re-apply again,” Tagle said.
“SU already had these penalties before but we were not able to revoke anything because honestly, our parking policy was so relaxed before,” she added.
A third year Mass Communication student who availed of the parking sticker for 3 consecutive years shared her sentiments about the parking fee increase, saying, “I don’t agree at all. I think it’s too expensive for students who only bring in their cars for four days a week. It also does not give us the privilege of parking anywhere in the campus.”
Meanwhile, Tagle said that the faculty and staff can apply for a free parking sticker but for only 1 vehicle.
Tagle said that for those who will not buy the parking sticker, Silliman University has a lot of free parking areas.
The implementation of the new parking sticker will officially start on Jan. 3, 2017. Stickers are being released at the Student Lounge 1, Oriental Hall.