Dry run preps IBT to gradual opening soon PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 November 2015 13:09


The City Administrator’s Office Thursday organized a dry run of operations of the Integrated Bus Terminal in Divisoria in preparation for its gradual opening to the public soon.

The two-hour trial run involving loading and unloading of passengers bound to destinations and the ferrying of travellers from the bus terminal to the central commercial district and vice versa yielded several recommendations. These include the enhancement of security at the arrival area and the need for the temporary enclosure of the property in front of the terminal pending the lease of the same by a private company.

OIC City Administrator Dr. Elmeir Apolinario said there is also a need for his office to sit down with the barangay officials of Boalan and Divisoria to tackle the issue on ferrying of passengers to and from the terminal – city proper.

The barangay officials have to help identify public utility vehicles with the required franchises for them to be able to ferry passengers from the bus terminal to the city proper and vice versa.

At the same time, the IBT committee is also set to sit down to finalize list of concessionaires for the stalls inside the terminal area.

Among those who joined the dry run Thursday afternoon were the Rural Transit Bus Company, the SSG and Dindo bus company and numerous others. Representatives from the police led by City Police Director PSSupt. Angelito Casimiro, barangay officials from Divisoria and Boalan, some city offices such as City legal office led by Atty. Jesus Carbon, City Human Resource and Management Office, members of the media and other well-meaning individuals were present to serve as critics and observers during the dry run.

Apolinario said the opening of the IBT  which is slated anytime soon will have to take place on a gradual basis, as authorities have to consider the plight of those doing business at the present privately-owned bus terminal in Guiwan and others who will be displaced as a result of the operation of the City IBT in Divisoria.  — Sheila Covarrubias