Orendain cites reasons for delay in IBT operation PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 March 2015 12:03

City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr yesterday explained the causes of the delay in the operationalization of the city’s Integrated Bus Terminal (IBT), debunking allegations of sabotaging the Climaco administration.

“Some quarters are accusing me of suppressing the operations,” he lamented. “The IBT is already there, 2016 is still too far!”

According to the city official, after the P180-million facility was completed last year, the city had to wait for the approval of an enabling ordinance that will establish, operationalize and regulate the use of the Integrated Bus Terminal located in Barangay Divisoria.

He is referring to Ordinance No. 434, otherwise known as “The Integrated Bus Terminal (IBT) Ordinance of the City of Zamboanga (Integrado Terminal De Bus De Zamboanga), the edict that also creates and defines the functions of the Integrated Bus Terminal Committee; authorizes the imposition of reasonable rental rates and other fees, as well as charges and provides penalties for violations and for other related purposes.

The ordinance was already approved early last month.

However, an election ban was announced in relation to the October Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, barring government offices from doing recruitment activities. The said elections has since been postposed and the ban subsequently lifted while the whole country awaits for the Senate to make its final decision on the matter next week.

Another obstacle had presented itself when a government agency asked the city to submit certain documents.

“The Civil Service Commission had required the city to present its Strategic Performance Management System prior to hiring,” Orendain shared. “We already complied with that requirement and we are awaiting for the commission to give us the go-signal.”

Despite setbacks, the city remains optimistic that the city’s Integrated Bus Terminal (IBT) will be operational the soonest time possible.

At any rate, he continued, the City Budget Office has already made an initial release of allotment in preparation for the IBT’s operation. We already made the purchase request for the bidding of security and janitorial services that will be outsourced. — Claudine Uniana