20T passengers cramp south bus terminal-A A +A
Saturday, November 2, 2013
MORE than 20,000 passengers have trooped to the Cebu South Bus Terminal in the past two days to spend All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day in their hometown.
Terminal administrator Vicente Dejoras Jr. said problems only occur when buses are delayed arriving in the terminal.
These can often be attributed to mechanical problems buses encounter when traveling back to the city, said Loy Madrigal, provincial chief security officer.
When a bus is delayed, passengers have to endure a long wait and the heat inside the terminal, he said.
Dejoras said passengers started arriving en masse last Thursday.
Yesterday, the terminal was full of people by 4 a.m. People and bus flow didn’t normalize until 1 p.m.
For security, 47 policemen and 60 security personnel, who were assigned in two shifts, were deployed at the terminal.
The police and military also provided two K9 dogs.
Some 17 personnel from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and more than 20 medical personnel were also on stand-by.
Since Monday, 18 pickpockets have been arrested inside the terminal.
Meanwhile, Dejoras said they used the rear portion of the terminal to accommodate more passengers.
He said they also provided lanes were passengers waited for their turn to get inside the bus.
He thanked bus operators, drivers and conductors for heeding his request not to pick up passengers outside the terminal.
Once on their way, though, passengers had to endure bumper-to-bumper traffic from the town of Minglanilla to Barangay Perrelos in Carcar City yesterday.
No traffic enforcers
The traffic jam reportedly began around 11 a.m.
It may have been caused by a motorcycle accident in Barangay San Isidro, San Fernando.
Alejandro Carao was taking his wife and daughter to Cebu City, when they were rear-ended by Jesson Girasta’s motorcycle. Girasta was bringing Basilia Yntong, a midwife, to a relative’s house when the accident happened.
PO2 Jose Claire Palagtiosa of the San Fernando Police Station clarified that the traffic was also caused by the many tricycles that crossed the highway to get to cemeteries located along or near the road.
When he learned about the situation, Carcar City Mayor Nicepuro Apura told Sun.Star Cebu he immediately deployed policemen to man traffic at the highway.
He told them to direct small private vehicles to take a detour at San Vicente St. and exit at the diversion road heading to Dr. Jose Rizal St.
Bigger vehicles, such as buses, plied the normal route toward the Carcar Rotunda.
Aside from the traffic being heavy, it was also slow moving, Apura said.
Also yesterday, police officials led by Police Regional Office 7 Director Danilo Constantino inspected cemeteries in southern Cebu.
They observed that no one was assigned to man traffic on the national highway.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 02, 2013.