The Kabugwason Mansilingan Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association yesterday deferred its plan to stage a jeepney strike and proceeded to enter the downtown area even though their request was not granted by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod.
Bacolod Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr., chairman of the Committee on Transportation, yesterday said the KAMAJODA has requested his committee to allow them to pass through Gatuslao Street and proceed to the Central Market instead of passing through San Sebastian Street and Locsin Street.
He said they have to get clearance from the SP first before entering a new route since the route they have applied for should pass through San Sebastian Street and Locsin Street.
United Drivers and Operator’s Center secretary general Jessie Ortega said preventing the KAMAJODA jeepneys from entering the downtown area is in violation of City Ordinance 338 which establishes all routes in Bacolod City.
He said Traffic Management Unit head Senior Insp. Joselito Acebuche allowed the KAMAJODA to have a temporary waiting station in San Sebastian Street yesterday. A public hearing on the matter will be conducted in Mansilingan tomorrow, he added.
Gamboa said the only concern of KAMAJODA, based on official correspondence with his office, is for an extension of route to Purok Kabugwason, which at present is not covered by the Mansilingan jeeps.
There is no letter, no request, no barangay resolution regarding their desire not to pass through Locsin Street anymore, he said.
Gamboa said he wrote Land Transportation Office Franchising and Regulatory Board regional director Porfirio Clavel, Jr. on December 5, 2008 asking for the approval of the request of KAMAJODA.
His office has not yet received any reply from LTFRB on the matter, he said.
Gamboa said that as chairman of the Committee on Transportation and vice-chairman of the Bacolod Traffic Authority Council, he can only propose but cannot grant any petition.
The City Council, of which he is a part, is a legislative body which formulates policies, regulations, or ordinances, but it is the Executive which imposes or implements them, he said.*CGS