THE Cebu City Government has transferred the temporary van-for-hire (V-hire) terminal from the vacant lot near Compania Maritima to a nearby lot to give way to the construction of the devotee city.
The devotee city is a temporary facility that houses transients from the towns and provinces who visit Cebu City for the Sinulog festivities.
V-hires occupy a portion of the vacant lot at the back of Senior Citizens’ Park, which is used as parking lots for private vehicles located at the back of City Hall.
The new temporary terminal is located a few meters away from the old site, a portion of which is still open for private vehicles to park.
The Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) has facilitated the transfer of the temporary facility.
Tents, tables and chairs were put up for waiting passengers. It has portable toilets also.
Baby Gacho, a v-hire driver who plies the Cebu City-Moalboal route, said they have nothing against the new terminal area since it’s just near the previous site.
“Wa man mi problema ana, pero mas maayo gyod unta to nga duol ra sad ang bus terminal namo kay mao man na among direct nga kompetensya (We don’t have a problem with it, although we wish we are near the bus terminal where our competition is),” he told Sun.Star Cebu.
Gacho observed that most of the passengers no longer go to the temporary v-hire terminal at night because few jeepneys go there.
But since the area is near the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño, CCTO operations chief Jonathan Tumulak said it is advantageous to the V-hire drivers to stay there this January for Sinulog.
“Kusog gyod hinuon among byahe ana inig Sinulog, bawi-bawi sab sa mga adlaw nga mingaw (We will be very busy during the Sinulog),” Gacho said.
CCTO chief Rey Gealon said the area will be used while the Devotee City operates this month.
When the City ordered the One Citilink Terminal along N. Bacalso Ave. to stop its operations last July, some 300 drivers used the vacant lot near Compania Maritima as their temporary terminal.
Citilink operations were stopped after its management was allegedly found to have operated without business permit and failed to pay its obligations to the City Government.
They have an unpaid obligation of P12,802,782 as of May 15, 2015.
For its part, Citilink filed a petition for injunction, damages and temporary restraining before the Regional Trial Court against the City.
Last September, the court granted Citilink’s application for a temporary restraining order and/or writ of preliminary injunction against the closure and a “status quo ante” or to restore the way things were before the City issued the closure was also ordered.
But still, drivers opted to stay in the temporary terminal that the City provided.