North terminal transfer pushed

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014


MAYOR Monico Puentevella said Monday that Northbound Terminal should be transfer near the boundary of the Bacolod City and Talisay City, because of the complaints on the terminal’s poor standards and violations allegedly committed by its operator, Crispin Chua.

Puentevella said he is looking for locations for the north and south terminals that could be operated either by the local government or by a private entity.

He added that the contract signed by Chua with the former city administration did not indicate a date of termination.

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Puentevella said the violations will lead him to decide on the termination of the contract, adding that the operator does not contribute even just P10 to the City Government.

Chua said that he respects the sentiments of the mayor, adding that a public hearing regarding the north terminal to be presided by Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. will be held on January 16, 2014.

“Let the mayor listen first to the discussion. But if they think that the situation is quite hard, I will respect their decision,” Chua said.

Under the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed between him and former mayor Evelio Leonardia, the date of operation stipulated in the first paragraph is February 2010, and it also states his right to operate the said terminal for 25 years, he added.

The City Council sought a legal opinion from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) due to the banning period, and the Comelec allowed the terminal operation to proceed. The council then approved that the start of operation was September 2011.

Last December, the Office of the Building Official (OBO) issued a notice of violation to the Bacolod Northbound Terminal.

Based on the OBO inspection, the operator committed two violations under the National Building Code (NBC) and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IMR).

Violated is Section 3 stating that the operator failed to obtain building permit. Also violated is Section 39 for failure to obtain a certificate of occupancy from OBO.

Gamboa had then requested the OBO, City Engineer’s Office, and Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board through the Office of the City Mayor to conduct a joint ocular/physical inspection of the Bacolod Northbound Terminal.

The councilor had earlier said the present structure inside the terminal obviously defies a uniform standard or design and is perceived more as an accumulation of discordant temporary structures.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on January 14, 2014.

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