Mabilog seeks clarification on boundary ordinance

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Thursday, January 9, 2014


ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog is asking the City Council for clarifications on the implementation of the Perimeter Boundary Ordinance in 2002 and succeeding amendments in 2003, 2004 and 2008.

He also asked for clarification on the 2013 comprehensive perimeter boundary ordinance (CPBO), which called for the non-entry of all passenger jeepneys and buses because of traffic congestion within the city jurisdiction.

Mabilog had ordered the suspension of the CPBO in 2013 due to the ongoing road construction and widening projects, and also the installation of traffic lights in main streets of the city.

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The mayor’s request for clarification will be taken up in Tuesday’s regular session of the City Council.

Mabilog also said he signed on Wednesday the Regulation Ordinance 2014-015, granting a franchise to Vallacar Transit Inc. to put up a new bus terminal at the boundary of barangays Buhang and Camalig in Jaro district exclusive for the use of its own bus lines.

The new franchise ordinance will be implemented by the City Government 10 days after it is published in a newspaper of general circulation in the city.

City councilor Plaridel Nava, main proponent of the Vallacar franchise ordinance and the CPBO, said he is willing to call for the repeal of CPBO and revert back to the amended PBOs in consonance with the mayor’s request.

However, a provision in the Vallacar franchise ordinance repeals all provisions of the old PBOs inconsistent with the provisions of the new ordinance.

Nava said he is aware of protests spearheaded by the competitor-operator of Tagbac terminal and users of the terminal which are mostly transport organizations from outside Iloilo City.

He said the owners of Tagbac terminal failed to comply with the requirements to provide comfort and amenities and improve their services to users of the terminal.

Nava said there is absolutely no monopoly of the vehicle terminal business and investors may ask the City Council for an ordinance to install a passenger terminal in any areas of the city except on the city proper.

Nava said that Vallacar is also establishing another Ceres Liner terminal beside the Acap terminal in Mohon, Arevalo in a move to decongest traffic for southbound vehicles. (Lydia C. Pendon/Sunnex)

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