Council to hold inquiry on status of city’s IBT Print
Wednesday, 20 June 2018 13:55

By jemuel mojica

Councilor Benjamin “BJ” Guingona yesterday sponsored a resolution in the City Council seeking to conduct an inquiry on the current status of the Zamboanga City Integrated Bus Terminal (IBT) after it was found out that city-operated terminal until now has been operating even without proper and official turnover from its private contractor.

The resolution was jointly and severally approved by the members of the local legislative body during its regular session yesterday.

Guingona said that it’s high time that the Council should determine the exact status of the city’s IBT, the reasons why until now it has not yet been officially turn over to the city government by the private contractor.

“The city government is already operating the bus terminal for several years now. It is collecting fees and other revenues there from its clients but up to the now we don’t know the exact status of the IBT. All we know is that it has not yet officially been turn over by the contractor to the city government,” Councilor Guingona pointed out.

The young councilor also expressed apprehension that there might be legal impediments on the operation of the IBT since it keeps on collecting fees and revenues, employing employees and laborers even without the proper turn over.

“Besides, how can we identify or allocate funds for the repair and rehabilitation of the IBT if on the very first place it has not yet officially and properly turn over to the city government. We might even be questioned by the Commission on Audit,” Guingona stressed.

The local august body shall be inviting Eddie Saavedra, head of the IBT management, City Administrator Apple Go, City Legal Officer Atty.  Jesus Carbon, and representatives of the City Treasurer’s Office and City Engineer’s Office.

Guingona said that by doing the inquiry the members of the City Council shall be able to know the status of the IBT, the legal basis for making collections and the continuous funding for the IBT operation, and future appropriations for rehabilitation and improvement works for the facilities of the terminal.—Jemuel E. Mojica