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Recommendations on
southbound PUVs out

BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

The Technical Working and Study Group has recommended that southbound public utility buses maintain a five-minute waiting period or less, and to observe the original queuing system being observed in the waiting station near the DAALCO compound at the Libertad area in Bacolod City.

The TWSG has observed that the five-minute interval at the waiting station in Libertad is sufficient for the needs of passengers.

The study group was formed to give an update and recommendation on the implementation of City Ordinance 187 and on the operation of the South Samboc Terminal and its waiting stations, after a meeting between city officials and the Affected Libertad Stakeholders Alliance.

In its report, the TWSG also recommended the setting up of additional waiting stations at the Libertad area as proposed by the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office. This will address the concerns raised in the DAALCO waiting station, it said.

The group has also observed that there is no need to change the present system in the area since the concerns raised regarding the congestion and safety of passengers can be addressed.

The report of the TWSG composed of Cesar Beloria Jr. of the City Legal Office, and engineers Teomar Borres and Ephraem Hechanova was based on the 15-day implementation of C.O. 187.

The group met with the transport, students and business groups affected by the transfer of the south terminal to the Samboc Terminal in Lopez Jaena-San Sebastian streets.

Based on its observation, the re-implementation of the ordinance had positive results on the order of the flow of traffic and the discipline relative to the loading and unloading of passengers in Libertad.

It said most of the problems and concerns raised by some of the stakeholders have been addressed, while other concerns are now being resolved.

As to the operation of the Samboc terminal, the TWSG said it has observed that most of the operators and drivers are satisfied with the implementation of C.O. 178, except for a few who are still questioning the process.

Interview with some operators and drivers indicated that they are already comfortable in the Samboc terminal and they have saved a lot because they are not paying any fees. However, they are proposing the continued development and improvement of the terminal structure, the group said.*CGS

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