Mini-bus operators in the fifth district of the Province of Cebu heaved a sigh of relief upon learning from Governor Gwendolyn Garcia that she won’t allow any bus company to dominate in the operations of the Cebu North Bus Terminal.
Two mini-bus operators sought a meeting with Garcia, 5th District Board Member Andrei “Red” Duterte, and Provincial Treasurer Atty. Roy Salubre after they heard of a prominent bus company allegedly seeking exclusivity of operations at CNBT.
“Ako silang giingnan nga dili gyud na mahitabo kay si Governor Gwen is not the type of governor nga mada anang ingon ana nga i-monopolize ang operation sa terminal. Karon ilang nahibaw-an nga tsismis ilang nadunggan,” Duterte said in an interview after the meeting Monday, October 5.
Governor Garcia assured the two operators – one from Carmen town with a fleet of 40 buses and another from Borbon town with 68 buses – that exclusivity to a bus firm is not sensible since the name Cebu North Bus Terminal indicates it is open to all bus operators and not “Cebu (name of company) Terminal.”
She said this will be further discussed in a meeting with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 7, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) 7, and all of the bus operators in the whole north of Cebu by Thursday, October 8.
The CNBT will have its soft opening on October 12 in its new location in SM City Cebu with the full-swing operations set on October 15.
Garcia discussed this in a meeting with the members of the Economic Enterprise Council last Wednesday, September 23, of which she sits as chairperson.
She hoped to mark October 12, her birthday, with the acceptance of the Cebu Provincial Government to run the terminal in partnership with SM Prime Holdings, Inc. with the full support of its Senior Vice President Maria Eloisa “Marissa” Fernan.
The operations of the CNBT will now be at the compound of SM City Cebu expected to serve constituents traveling via public transportation to the northern towns and cities of the Province.
Duterte also said he is amenable to the proposed creation of a Transportation Committee in the Provincial Board.
He shared that such committee is already existing but is consolidated with the Committee on Public Services.
“Pero pagsulod sa Covid nga dili na palabangon intawon ang tricycles sa highway, na-topic gyud siya. Dako-dako na man ni siya nga atimanunon. Okay ra nga mag-create og bag-ong committee. I-amend lang gyud ang house rules kay diha man i-add ang committee sa house rules,” Duterte explained. (Eleanor Valeros)