Towing firm withdraws from joint venture with city govt

June 11, 2015 5:56 am 

ILOILO CITY, June 10 -– The proprietor of a towing firm 3L Clamping and Towing Services withdrew from a joint venture agreement with the city government here for a clamping services at no cost to the city amidst legal issues confronting the agreement.

In a withdrawal letter sent recently to Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, proprietor Leny B. Garcia of 3L submitted to legal process and prescribed by laws on government bidding and procurement. However, Garcia expressed hope that her company can be of service to the city of Iloilo.

Last March, Mabilog withdrew his signature to an agreement signed in February 2015 with 3L Corp. for a joint venture on clamping and towing of parked vehicles constricting the street’s flow of traffic.

The city mayor said the venture had not passed the legal procedure of bidding and must be open for others to a competitive challenge even if the venture is at no cost to the city. The city also opens to applicants for a joint venture regarding the clamping services.

Earlier, city councilor Plaridel Nava, chairman of the SP committee on transportation, championed a traffic regulation ordinance on clamping of parked vehicles in regulated city streets and sidewalks. The ordinance is supposed to start Feb. 25, 2015, but was not implemented immediately due to snags in the joint venture agreement.

Nava said the project was a joint venture agreement with 3L Corp. at no cost to the city government but with a sharing scheme of 70 percent for the private corporation and 30 percent for the city on fines paid by vehicle owners caught illegally parked and its tires clamped in specific areas where parking is not allowed.

The joint venture partner has a towing truck to tow illegally parked vehicles in city streets, especially in busy commercial streets such as Iznart, JM Basa, Ledesma, Valeria, Quezon, Mabini and Gen. Luna . (PNA)

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