City Hall ready to assess 1K applicants for 17 IBT stalls PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 May 2015 18:00

By VIC LARATO

Zamboanga City’s Integrated Bus Terminal (IBT), believed to be the most modern provincial bus station in the entire Zamboanga Peninsula and Mindanao as a whole, continues to attract prospective investors as it draws closer to its grand opening.

City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr., whose office exercises supervision over the IBT operation, said the IBT Committee will meet next week to evaluate the more than 1,100 applications for the facility’s 17 business stalls.

He said the IBT building is almost 100% complete except for few changes that have to be done prior to its opening. However, no definite date has yet been fixed for the opening.

In the meantime, Orendain said preparations are being made, one of which is addressing the need for at least 55 personnel who will work in three shifts to cope with the 24-hour/7 days a week operation of the IBT.

“We are negotiating with the city human resource and city budget offices, hoping that we will be able to get enough personnel for the IBT,” the city administrator said during the press briefing in City Hall Monday morning.

He said they were looking at the possibility of filling up vacant positions in other city offices and assxign or detail the same to the IBT.

Another preparation for the IBT’s much-awaited opening is the test-run of its power generator and speed-up the installation of the air-conditioning units.— Vic Larato