Zambo bus terminal project to resume after 4-year suspension PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 14 December 2013 11:26

The construction of the controversial Integrated Bus Terminal (IBT)  in Divisoria will resume following a compromise agreement by the parties involved.

The multi-million IBT project, a flagship project of then Mayor Celso Lobregat, was suspended due to a dispute in the awarding after the losing contractor filed a protest which ended up as court case.

The court case dragged until the compromise agreement recenlty.

The Regional Trial Court hadearlier granted the motion for issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) filed by two construction companies seeking to  stop Zamboanga City Government from re-bidding the IBT project

RCDG, a local contractor which was awarded the  contract for the construction of the IBT in Divisoria in 2009, had earlier filed a contempt of court charge against Dr. Mario Arriola, chairman of the city’s Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) , alleging that the latter violated the status quo  agreement on the IBT by ordering its rebidding, which was published in the July  31, 2011 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer and the Philippine Government  Electronic Procurement System (PHILGEPS) website.  Both rebidding notices  were signed by Dr. Arriola.

At the same time, RCDG moved for the issuance by the court of a TRO or preliminary injunction to stop all rebidding activities  ordered by the BAC chairman for the construction of the IBT.

RCDG was joined in the motion by R.U. Aquino Construction and Development Corporation, which is in joint venture with RCDG for the project.

In documents filed in court, the Roque & Butuyan Law Office and Atty. Vic R. Solis, lawyers for the RCDG, cited a court order dated December 16, 2010 which recognized a status quo agreement with the lawyers for the city.

The contract for the construction of the integrated bus terminal was awarded to  RCDG in joint venture with R.U. Aquino Construction  Corporation on April 13, 2009. It was later cancelled by Mayor Lobregat, which led  to the contractors filing of a civil case with the RTC, questioning the  cancellation order of the mayor.

The court case has dragged the bus terminal project which is a flagship project of the Lobregat administration and similar viewed by many quarters as an important undertaking considering that almost all cities in Mindanao have modern and attractive bus terminals, except for Zamboanga City.