THE management of One Citilink Transport Terminal is asking the Cebu City Government to ratify of its terminal reaccreditation.

But the City is asking for more documents from the management to operate as public utility jeepneys (PUJs) and vans-for-hire (V-hire) terminal.

City Administrator Lucelle Mercado, who also chairs the terminal accreditation committee, asked One Citilink to submit a copy of its business permit, existing memorandum of agreement with the City, certification of accreditation and a favorable recommendation from the City Zoning Board.

The terminal's legal counsel, Atty. Ralph Sevilla, followed up on the accreditation a couple of times but the committee did not act on it.

Tracer

Sevilla sent tracer letters to the Cebu City Council last May 26 and June 2.

Mayor Michael Rama earlier said that the terminal operation should be stopped due to corruption.

The City also has an ordinance against a terminal operating near a hospital.

One Citilink, which is located on N. Bacalso Ave., is located right next to the Cebu City Medical Center.

CTO is also asking the terminal management to pay the City P11 million in tax delinquency.

Corruption

The Council, for its part, asked the management to appear before the body to answer allegations of corruption and non-payment of tax.

“Just to stress, note that all the said unfounded grounds were all taken up during the executive session. It is so discomforting and quite frankly, our clients (stakeholders), who are merely ordinary businessmen, feel so harassed,” Sevilla said.

Sevilla also highlighted that under the law, the city should provide a transport terminal and when it fails to do so, it should invite the private sector to invest on its installation.

Closing the terminal, said Sevilla, will make the city a violator of its own policy especially since One Citilink is the only accredited and designated terminal in the south district. (RVC)