The soft opening of the north terminal in Bacolod City was held yesterday and it was observed to have eased traffic congestion in several areas in the city, Councilor Dindo Ramos said.
Ramos, Sangguniang Panlungsod chairman of Committee on Transportation, said the traffic situation at the La Salle Avenue, the Shopping Area and Lacson Street especially in front of Robinson’s Place is now better compared to when the north terminal was not yet operational.
The operations of the north terminal will undergo a 45-day adjustment period and, if necessary, amendments will be made on City Ordinance 480 series of 2009 governing the establishment and use of the north terminal, Ramos said.
As of yesterday, the operation of the north terminal has been “smooth” and none of the drivers and operators have expressed opposition, so far, he also said.
Ramos said that Traffic Management Unit head Chief Insp. Luisito Acebuche had assigned traffic aides and policemen to secure the area.
Meanwhile, United Negros Drivers and Operator’s Center Secretary General Jesse Ortega denied that they are set to hold a caravan and protest rally at the Bacolod City Police Office against the implementation of City Ordinance 187, establishing a south terminal at Lopez Jaena Street.
Ortega said they are not going to hold a protest, rather, a mass at the San Antonio Abad Parish church in Brgty. Taculing, Bacolod City before attending the hearing for the temporary restraining order they filed in court.
Regional Trial Court Branch 49 is set to hear the TRO filed by four operators of PUVs plying the route from Bacolod City to various towns in southern Negros Occidental have filed a complaint against Acebuche, Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, City Legal Officer Joselito Bayatan, and Bacolod City Police Director Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz.
City Engineer’s Office head Belly Aguillon, Department of Public Services head Josephus Cerna, Public Order and Safety Office Silvino Emilio Gallardo, and City Public Information Officer Rogelio Giganan are also included in the petition of TRO.
Petitioners Nenita Peters, Rizalina Alon, Noel Moncay and Jovito Gahataon asked the court to issue a 20-day TRO and to render judgment upholding the validity of City Ordinance 1790, Series of 1969, providing for the establishment of waiting stations in specified areas in Bacolod City.*APN