THE Guimaras-Iloilo Ferry Terminal (Gift) project is not yet ready for public use and there are still several works to be finished before its undated inauguration.
This is contrary to early reports that the ferry terminal project at the Parola area is set to be inaugurated within this month.
The project and its accompanying commercial complex have no occupancy permit yet from the Iloilo City Engineer’s office and business permit from the Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO).
Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog declared that the Gift project cannot be opened without necessary permits.
City Administrator Norlito Bautista said the ferry terminal will be inaugurated at the same time with the commercial complex or the CityMall owned by developer Double Dragon Properties but no specific date yet.
Mabilog met last Monday, July 11, with project stakeholders. However, there was no representative from the province of Guimaras who questioned the P11 terminal fee of passengers going to the province.
Bautista said the meeting did not discuss the closure of the Ortiz wharf since there was no provision in the joint venture agreement for the closure of the old Ortiz wharf between the city and Double Dragon.
The passengers will be given an option to choose where they are going to board in going to Jordan, Guimaras, Bautista added.
Similarly, the affected sidewalk vendors identified by Barangay Concepcion chieftain Madonna Martin will be given space of kiosk inside the terminal.
Personnel will also be trained in the operation of the terminal facility while dredging will be conducted yet at the wharf.