North Terminal operator welcomes move to review MOA-A A +A
Monday, September 2, 2013
BACOLOD City North Terminal operator Crispin Chua welcomed Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr.’s move to review the memorandum of agreement (MOA) he had signed with the local government two years ago.
"I welcome the review and we will fully cooperate. We are not hiding something in our operation. If there is something lacking, we will correct it with the help of the city which is known to be business friendly," Chua said.
He added that Gamboa has raised the presence of a gasoline station and a smoke emission testing center in the terminal compound, but "these have secured their respective business permits."
There are small businesses there that applied for a business permit. But the requirements they need to comply are the same requirements given to big businesses such as Shoemart, Chua said.
He added that he will make representation to the City in behalf of the small business operators or the tenants at the North Terminal, so that they can comply with the business requirements.
Chua appealed to assist, help, recommend, and encourage investors on how to improve the terminal facilities.
The Bacolod City Council earlier passed a resolution requesting the City Legal Office, through the Office of the Mayor, to review the MOA between the city and Chua, and submit the review results within 30 days from its approval.
The council also approved a resolution requesting the city treasurer and the Permits and Licensing Division 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 council on Wednesday.
The resolutions were authored by Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. and co-authored by Councilor Archie Baribar.
The resolution said the City entered into a MOA dated June 10, 2010 with Crispin Chua for the operation of the Bacolod Northbound Terminal. The MOA states certain conditions, the compliance of which is important, in the interest of the general public.
It also stressed that after more than a year of operation, it is now timely to review whether the conditions stipulated in the MOA have been complied with.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 02, 2013.