BTAO told to remove illegal terminal at economic highway

Bacolod City Councilor Dindo Ramos. (Merlinda A. Pedrosa)

BACOLOD City Councilor Dindo Ramos urged the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO) to remove the illegal tricycle terminal along the Bacolod Economic Highway (BEH) in Barangay Sum-ag, Bacolod City.

Ramos, chairperson of the City Council committee on transportation, said BTAO should remove the illegal terminal in the area to ensure the safety of the commuters.

“It’s illegal so we should not allow them to operate. BTAO should do their job to monitor and remove the illegal terminal of tricycle in various areas of Bacolod,” he said.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) earlier asked the assistance of the City Government to remove the illegal structures along the BEH.

Aside from the illegal structures, there’s also a tricycle terminal at the entrance of the BEH.

Ramos said the tricycle operators in the area have no application of putting up a terminal within the BEH.

“If they want to operate, they should apply to legalize their association,” he said.

District Engineer Abraham Villareal earlier said that he will send a letter to Mayor Evelio Leonardia requesting the City Legal Office to team up with the DPWH to remove the illegal structures in the area.

The DPWH has started the construction of the three-kilometer portion of the BEH Phase 1 in Barangay Sum-ag worth P300 million in 2017.

This is part of the 21-kilometer economic highway with the total cost of P4.8 billion.

The 21-kilometer BEH will cover areas across Barangays Sum-ag, Cabug, Felisa, Handumanan, Mansilingan, Estefania, Granada, Mandalagan, and Bata.

The Sum-ag BEH is already passable for the private vehicle going Barangay Cabug.


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