IBT soft opening deferred PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 11:40

by JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

Mayor Beng Climaco has deferred the soft opening of the Integrated Bus Terminal in Divisoria which was initially slated this June.

This is to abide by the orders of the Commission on Audit (COA) as well as to address other requirements necessary for the operations of the terminal facility.

According to Climaco, the COA requires a fully completed project and the submission of the project documents and paperwork prior to the soft opening.

“El COA, tiene le maga requirimiento in document, in paper que necesita pa quita con este man comply poreso nukere el COA man turnover quita con este [IBT] in what we call a soft opening,” said Climaco in her press briefing Monday morning, June 29.

“We have to abide by the COA [orders] even though we wanted to have the soft opening this June,” explained the chief executive.

Moreover, there are still pending structural and logistical requirements being addressed, thus, the deferment of the soft opening.

Among the requirements being addressed for the terminal operations are structural concerns, such as the pedestrian overpass, that require corrections, and securing the necessary number of personnel to man the 24/7 operations of the terminal.

“A lot of things need to be complied prior to a soft opening,” said Climaco as she assured the public that all aforementioned needs and concerns are being undertaken by the IBT Technical Working Group (TWG).

When asked about the updated timeline for the IBT opening and operations, Climaco said she does not want

to give a specific date because the City has to “to comply with what COA wants us to do”.The Php 175.8 M terminal is located in barangay Divisoria. It can accommodate more than 600 passengers and 17 buses at one time. — Jasmine Mohammadsali