Bacolod Councilor Dindo Ramos yesterday said his committee is attending to the concerns of the drivers of southbound utility vehicles affected by the transfer of the terminal to the Sambok south terminal at Lopez Jaena-San Sebastian streets, Bacolod City.
United Negros Drivers Operators Center secretary general Jessie Ortega said they have inquired with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board whether Executive Order 712, which was adopted by the Department of Transportation and Communication, has been implemented.
He said they found out that the Order, which requires operators to apply for a franchise before establishing a terminal, has not been implemented in Region 6 since LTFRB failed to inform the local governments about the matter.
Ortega, earlier, said the Sambok terminal lacks facilities and that the income of the drivers had been greatly affected that about 50 percent of them stopped operating.
Ramos, chairman of the Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Transportation and Traffic Management, said the terminal was in existence since 1997. However, it was not put into use because of the tolerance of the past mayors, he said.
This time Mayor Evelio Leonardia has directed that the city should implement the ordinance which requires all southbound public utility vehicles to use the Sambok south terminal, Ramos said.
Vallacar Transit, which owns the property, has been asking why southbound public utility vehicles are allowed to put up a terminal outside of C.O. 187, he said.
Ramos said if they believe that the ordinance is no longer relevant there should be amendments made. However, there was no proposal on the floor, he said.
The city has to perform its duties and one of its objectives is to decongest the Libertad area, he added.
Ramos said if the members of UNDOC believe that the terminal did not meet the standards set by LTFRB, the city will ask the operator to comply with the requirements.*CGS