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proposal: move AGS teachers parking lot and make it covered – aftermath of amiel alcantara’s death

based on the latest traffic scheme released by the ateneo, the teachers’ reserved parking lot is still there and will not be moved elsewhere. that space could be used as exit for cars getting out of the congested parking lot. it will increase efficiency and safety for all.

removing that reserved parking lot and turning it to use for fetchers and students is also one of the unanimous suggestion of parents and even professionals/experts. we do not understand why ateneo is blind and insensitive to that improvement.

we think it is best to remove that reserved parking lot for teachers and transfer it to a much better location. transfer the reserved teachers parking lot behind irwin theater.

that area connects to the back of the AGS canteen and already has an existing passageway. it also puts it very close to the teachers dining are at the back of the canteen. walking distance for the teachers from their cars to the campus will be reduced dramatically making it easier and more convenient for teachers specially on rainy days.

ateneo should not stop at moving the parking area to the back of irwin theater which makes it very convenient and significantly helps traffic and safety at the AGS parking lot, ateneo should make the teacher’s parking lot at the back of  irwin theater covered by a roof  to protect their cars and the teachrs from the heat and rain. we think the teachers deserve to be treated better as well.

this suggestion is a win-win for everyone concerned – safer and more efficient for fetchers and students and more convenient for teachers.


we shared the above same suggestion in a yahoogroup of ateneo parents (234 members) and we got a reply from one of the ateneo parents:

yes!…. teachers come early in the earliest and leave last…. they are old
enough to cross the street or yes, they can take the back of Irwin theater for parking… a lot of parents i know feel the same way.

we thought that was an excellent point. we gave this reply:

you raise an excellent point – teachers  arrive  first and leave last. that is an excellent rationale for  moving the reserved parking spaces from where it is now, beside the blue eagle’s gym.

since they arrive first and leave last, they are actually obstructing the flow of vehicles owned by thousands of students/parents/drivers who can use that prime real estate to exit the already cramped parking lot. freeing that space up for use of the thousands of students/parents/drivers will decongest the parking lot even faster and in effect have better safety for all.

moving their reserved parking spaces behind the irwin theater will be much better for them as it will be closer to the campus. they will need to walk a much shorter distance and that is good given the load of school things they have to haul from their cars to the classrooms.

that space behind irwin theater is unused. its a good idea to put it into good use for better traffic effiiciency, safer for our kids and more convenient for the teachers.

we also think ateneo should build roofs over the parking area for teachers for the comfort and protection of the teachers and theirs cars from heat and rain.

  1. solar
    May 30, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Dear Wawam

    Hope that you will continue to keep your readers posted on developments in the Amiel Alcantara case – not only on what’s being done with respect to improvements in the AGS parking lot but also updates on the court case.

    Thank you and more power !

    • May 30, 2009 at 7:59 pm

      this blog and the authors of wawam.wordpress are all committed to see trough the unfinished business at the ateneo until it is done.

      all the authors have been completely touched by what happend to amiel at that parking lot. it was a accident that is not supposed to happen to a son. that happens only in movies but it did. we felt the pain as most parents did.

      and we continue to share the fear that it can happen again.

  2. solar
    May 31, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Hi !

    Thanks for the reply. Do you think Amiel’s uncle (Doc Martin ? ) who has posted notices in Wawam can be requested to give Wawam readers updates on the case the Alcantara family has filed against the driver of the van ? We also need to see justice for Amiel served from that end.

  3. jonas
    June 4, 2009 at 2:59 am

    kitam…. gaya ng sinabi ko…. nuon feb….
    wala silang pakialam sa mga anak natin….
    walang pagbabago….
    mas importante na di mapagod ang mahal natin guro..
    walang pagbabago…

    AY !!!… meron pala….

    tumaas pala ang tuition….

  4. ateneo doesn't care
    June 4, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Hi Wawam,

    Despite our appeals to Ateneo to do something RADICAL, it looks like they have chosen to implement something MARGINAL.

    I downloaded and studied the staggered dismissal schedules that Ateneo Grade School posted on their website. Loooks to me like there is a typographical error in the post, because my Grade 4 son commented that Grades 6 and 7 will spend less time in school than Grades 4 and 5. He commented that it was unfair to him that his brother in Grade 7 will get away with less hours in school.

    Either he is right or the posted schedule is wrong. Taking a look at the schedule, it can only be correct if they removed the period either for Intramurals or Co-Curricular Activity from the schedule for Grades 6 and 7. Please validate.

    Given that the success of the scheme is hinged on fetchers picking up the boys on a staggered basis, Ateneo has to ensure that fetchers know what the correct dismissal schedule is. Relaying unverified or inaccurate information will turn the entire Katipunan into a traffic nightware, don’t you think?

    I am disaapointed in the solution being presented now. I had hoped for a better quality solution. It seems to me that the Multi-Stakeholder Committee created their solution in a vacuum, ignoring all the comments and suggestions of well-meaning parents.

    Oh well . . . we won’t know anything until we give the scheme a try.


    copied this comment here: https://wawam.wordpress.com/new-ags-traffic-scheme-comments-suggestions/#comment-1284


  5. Maria Socorro Gochoco-Bautista
    June 14, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Look like Ateneo is implementing some kind of curbside pick-up and drop-off which is good. But it has not put speed bumps along the length of the driveway nor spent to build a separate parking structure with connecting bridges for the kids. The suggestion to move the teachers’ parking lot elsewhere also makes sense.

  6. teodoro
    June 15, 2009 at 8:49 am

    removing the reserved parking spaces for teachers to me is a no-brainer. it is one of the most obvious things ateneo should do. i support this idea.

  7. ateneo mom
    June 18, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Sorry to say this but the teachers parking area sticks out like a sore thumb along that driveway…its like a cow in the middle of the road that refuses to move. I cannot think of any logical explanation for keeping that area as such while sacrificing smooth traffic flow in the area surrounding AGS which affects other people in the whole Ateneo community.

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