Zambo City’s new bus terminal opens Dec. 8 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 December 2015 13:43

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Preparations for the opening of the city’s Integrated Bus Terminal (IBT) in Divisoria on Tuesday, December 8 are now in full swing.

Mayor Beng Climaco has instructed the City Administrator’s Office to finalize preparations in time for the opening next week citing the volume of travellers during the Christmas season.

OIC City Administrator Elmeir Apolinario has conducted series of meetings with all concerned to ensure the smooth opening next week.

The IBT, located in a 3.4 hectare property in Divisoria will help ensure ease and comfort to travellers. It is expected to be one of the most modern and spacious terminals in the region and Mindanao. It has a departure building and an arrival building –both with holding areas and parking bays. There are 5 comfort stations, a breastfeeding room, a clinic, an administration office with CCTV room and a scanner machine for security purposes.  Nineteen (19) stalls occupied by business concessionaires are also in place to cater to the needs of passengers.

The terminal will operate 24 hours a day with a manpower component of 34 personnel excluding the security and janitorial staff.

At least 5 bus companies including vans plying the provinces will be utilizing the IBT. These include the Rural Transit, Liza Mae Transit, Ceres Transit and the SSG Company and Dindo Company which are plying the Zamboanga City-Siocon-Sirawai routes.

With regards to the transport of passengers to and from the IBT to the city proper, public utility jeepneys plying the Divisoria-city proper route will be temporarily mobilized pending the issuance of franchises by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).  — Sheila Covarrubias