Beng hails opening of IBT PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 December 2015 12:05

By JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

Mayor Beng Climaco hailed the opening and full operation of the integrated bus terminal (IBT) on Tuesday as a welcome development that will provide a great service to the City of Zamboanga.

Climaco, who led the blessing and opening rites, said the modern and improved transport facility is expected to provide a quality and smoother service to passengers coming to and departing Zamboanga City.

Aside from quality service, Climaco also emphasized security for all passengers as one of top priorities in the operations of the bus terminal.

“Our priority is the safety of all passengers. We have strengthened security and hired personnel that have been professionally trained for the security in our terminals,” said Climaco.

The IBT, with its state-of-the art infrastructure and facilities, is equipped with CCTV cameras and X-ray machines.

In her message, the chief executive acknowledged and laudedthe efforts of District I Representative Celso, under whose administration the IBT was conceived, Antonio Orendain, the City Legal Office, and all individuals who were involved and worked tirelessly for the realization of the establishment and operations of the IBT project.

“Ta rindi kita gracias, bien mucho ya sacrificia para realiza este,” she said.

The operations of the IBT officially started Tuesday afternoon, with initial operations covering departures of provincial bus lines. Bus arrivals will gradually be integrated into the operations before end of December.

To facilitate smooth operations of the IBT, three areas in the city proper were designated as official loading and unloading stations for public utility jeepneys (PUJs) shuttling passengers to and from the IBT.

These are the former Pichay Studio (town proper) fronting Plaza Pershing from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Sta. Cruz Public Market from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the Bagsakan Center from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.— Jasmine Mohammadsali