Cebu businessman Bunny Pages has offered his space at the Cebu South Coastal Road where the popular restaurant "Lantaw SRP" is located as a temporary terminal for buses and mini buses when Cebu transitions to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, May 20.
This was revealed by Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia during her Facebook livestream Monday, May 18.
Garcia said Pages is "very willing to offer his place" which is currently inoperational due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).
The governor added that since Cebu City is still under an ECQ status, it will be impractical to revert the terminal’s function because restrictions on public transport is still in effect.
Two days before the scheduled transition, the province has been looking for a venue for a temporary terminal while the Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT) at N. Bacalso Ave. is being used as "Bagsakan Center" as the entire province, including Cebu City, is on quarantine.
Talisay City was earlier tapped to accommodate the buses and mini buses plying southern Cebu during the GCQ period starting May 20.
With this development, Garcia disclosed that she sent Provincial Treasurer Roy Salubre and Provincial Engineering Office Chief Engr. Hector Jamora to inspect the area and determine how many buses could be accommodated.
"So ang Bagsakan Center, which is proving to be very useful, clean and spacious, will continue," Garcia said.
The Bagsakan Center was earlier conceived by the Province in partnership with the City Government of Cebu in order to decongest the Carbon Public Market and Pasil Fishport in Cebu City.
It started last April 23, 2020. (Vanessa L. Almeda)