City dads push review of North Terminal MOA-A A +A
Saturday, August 31, 2013
THE City Council of Bacolod has passed a resolution requesting the City Legal Office, through the Office of the Mayor, to review the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the city and the operator of the Bacolod Northbound Terminal.
It also requested for the submission of the review results within 30 days from its approval.
The City Council also approved a resolution requesting the City Treasurer and the Permits and Licensing Division, through the Office of the Mayor, to determine if all business establishments operating at the Northbound Terminal have permits and licenses.
Another resolution requesting the Office of the Building Official and the City Engineer’s Office to conduct joint ocular/physical inspection of the Bacolod Northbound Terminal was also approved by the City Council Wednesday.
The resolutions were authored by Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. and co-authored by Councilor Archie Baribar.
The MOA resolution said the city entered into an agreement dated June 10, 2010 with Crispin Chua for the operation of the Bacolod Northbound Terminal. It states certain conditions, the compliance of which is important, in the interest of the general public, it said.
After more than a year of operation, it is now timely to review whether the conditions stipulated in the MOA have been complied with, it said.
The resolution said the Bacolod North Terminal was established through City Ordinance 461-2008 and at present, several establishments are found operating inside the terminal.
It said these businesses should comply with their respective business/franchise tax, of which the city should assess. There were reports that business establishments operating at the terminal have not complied with the proper business/franchise taxes.
The resolution said it is also expected that the Bacolod North Terminal should be of presentable standards being the gateway to towns and cities north of Negros Occidental.
It said, however, that the present structure inside the terminal obviously defy a uniform standard of design and is perceived more as an accumulation of discordant temporary structure.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 31, 2013.