“The IBT may not be perfect but it is not illegal”- Carbon PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 June 2018 16:47

By RG antonet go

Amid allegations of years of illegal operation, city government officials have insisted that the Integrated Bus Terminal (IBT) has not been operating illegally since it started in the year 2015.

The statement was made during a dialogue at the City Council during its regular session yesterday.

Officials also assured the august body that the IBT, said to have earned total revenues amounting to P40-million, will be turned over on July 16 this year, once payments to contractors have been completed.

The assurance was reportedly made after a meeting between City Hall and the project contractors on how to settle millions of pesos owed to the latter on the project since the terminal started operations three years ago.

A resolution was passed by the august body commending the contractor for a landmark project.

City Legal Officer Atty. Jesus Carbon, however, attributed problems besetting the IBT to the contractor.

Carbon explained that the contractor of the project , 3VC Construction, was trying to collect an extra P13-million for additional work on the terminal such as the installation of its water tank.

Carbon explained that the contractor cannot collect because it is not allowed by law that the party be paid outside of the contract.

He said,  however, that the contractor will be paid an amount of P8-million which represents five (5) percent of the contract.

Carbon added that it will entail more problems if the contractor went to court or if the IBT was not operated after completion.

With the latest development, Carbon announced that the IBT will be formally turned-over on July 16 this year.

The turnover will be made amid reports of defective facilities inside the terminal such as the comfort room septic tank and sinks.

Carbon said that the city government will use money collected from the revenue earned by the bus terminal to repair the broken facilities.

Reports said that the IBT earned P40-million since it started operation on December 8, 2015.

The Integrated Bus Terminal is one of the highest earners among the city’s economic enterprises earning P40-million since it started operations on December 8, 2015.

Others include the Main Public Market, the Sta. Cruz Public Market, Agan Coliseum and the City Abattoir.

The project, worth P175.8-million, was constructed through a joint venture program between 3VC Construction and Benhar Construction.  (RGAAGo)