City Hall orients bus firms on IBT facility PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 13:44

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

 

City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. yesterday initiated a tour of the Integrated Bus Terminal (IBT) in Divisoria by representatives from the different bus companies to orient and acquaint them with the various facilities and amenities available at the IBT.

The orientation included a briefing on how and where the transportation facilities will be positioned for loading and unloading of passengers, the ticketing process and all other concerns. Recommendations from the bus company representatives were also welcomed.

Among those who joined the orientation were representatives from the Rural Transit Bus Company which boasts of a fleet of 123 buses and SSG and Dindo Bus Company which has 10 buses and which also operates over 30 vans plying the Ipil-Zamboanga route. The Liza May Bus Company has 7 buses.

A Rural Transit bus plying the Cagayan-Zamboanga route was sent in for a rehearsal of the entry/exit and loading and unloading of passengers at the new terminal.

Orendain said the orientation was necessary, as the City Government gears for the opening of the IBT facility. Last week, he also supervised a “look-see” visit of the facility by the IBT committee, members of the Personnel Selection Board and key city officials that included City Budget Officer Virginia Gara, City Accountant Sylvia Binarao, City Planning and Development Coordinator Engr. Rodrigo Sicat and  City Police Director PSSupt. Angelito Casimiro.

The city administrator said his office will also initiate an orientation for concessionaires and other groups of people who will be utilizing or are involved in the operation of the IBT, in the coming days.

He stressed that all aspects of the operation should be threshed out before the facility will be made fully operational.

Orendain’s office will oversee the operation of the IBT.

Aside from Orendain mong those present during the tour were Atty. Ed Fronda of the City Legal office, Mario Roca of the City Administrator’s Office, City Licensing Officer Benjie Barredo, Rural Transit terminal in-charge Efren de la Cruz and SSG and Dindo Bus Company terminal in-charge Victorio Cortes, terminal in-charge. —Sheila Covarrubias