Climaco assures accord on IBT’s formal turnover Print
Friday, 22 June 2018 14:02

Mayor Beng Climaco was confident to announce yesterday that there will soon be an agreement to finalize the formal turnover of the Integrated Bus Terminal (IBT) from the contractor to the city government.

She said the IBT committee has already been meeting with the City Engineer’s Office and the City Legal Office to finalize the plan, particularly the payment in full to the contractor and the formal turnover.

“There is no legal impediment because there is an ordinance governing the IBT operation. What is lacking is the full payment to the contractor, and hopefully we will be able to solve the issue very soon,” Climaco said.

She emphasized that the IBT had long been abandoned by the previous administration due to legal issues, and it was only during her time (in 2013) that those legal issues were resolved through the efforts of City Legal Officer Jesus Carbon Jr., and other city officials, thus paving the way to the opening and continued operation of the facility until today.

“It would have been a great disadvantage if in all those years the IBT was abandoned,” she bewailed. “Numa quita abandona con el proyecto di aton pero toma quita el oportunidad usando el ley cay grande gayod se servicio con el di atun maga pasajero.”

The mayor also said Atty. Carbon will thoroughly explain to the City Council the procedures and process “but let us not deprive our riding public the opportunity to use the IBT if we just allow it abandoned.”

She also said more improvements will be done at the IBT to better serve the public once it is fully paid and officially turned over to the city government very soon.

To recall, the IBT was constructed during the term of then mayor now District 1 Rep. Celso Lobregat, but it was not completed due to certain differences between the contractors and the city government.

When Climaco assumed office in 2013, one of her marching orders to the City Legal Office was to iron out the IBT problems and have the facility operationalized. Since then, the city government has been generating revenues from the IBT.-(Vic Larato/PR)