Inspection of Bacolod north terminal sought

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Saturday, February 15, 2014


A CITY official urged three agencies to inspect the Bacolod City Northbound Terminal after receiving complaints from transport groups and commuters.

Bacolod City Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. urged the Office of the Building Official (OBO), City Engineer’s Office, and Land Transportation Franchising Board to conduct the inspection.

Gamboa said the committee on transportation has received reports from different transport groups and commuters, complaining about the lack of safety and inconveniences at the Northbound terminal.

Gamboa called on the OBO to explain the notice of violation on the building permit and occupancy permit of the structures at the north terminal.

At the hearing of the committee on transportation, Engr. Isidro Sun Jr. of OBO said the operator of the terminal failed to obtain building permits and occupancy permits for the structures that were added as the departure area.

Crispin Chua, operator of the Northbound terminal, said he already paid the fees for building and occupancy permit required by the City Zoning and Planning Office.

Councilor Archie Baribar, meanwhile, questioned Chua's business taxes, the difference between the plans submitted and actual structures built, as well as the rates of terminal fees.

Chua said he paid business taxes equivalent to P59,000 in 2013. He is collecting P14,000 to P15,000 on a daily basis from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. operation. He also said he has submitted a letter to the City Council detailing the terminal fees he is collecting - P10 from northbound public vehicles, P8 from shopping jeepneys, P5 from taxis, and P5 to P8 for NGC northbound jeepneys. These fees were based on his agreement with the drivers associations, he said.

Baribar, however, said he never came across of such letter submitted to the City Council.

Gamboa, who authored the ordinance creating the north terminal, said he requested the City Legal Office to look into the memorandum of agreement between the City Government and the operator of the Northbound Terminal in June 10, 2010.

The request also asked the CLO to submit a report to the City Council within a period of 30 days.

Another resolution requested the City Treasurer’s Office and the Permits and Licensing Division to submit the payments made on the taxes of all the business establishments at the north terminal.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 15, 2014.

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