Starting Wednesday, October 14, Cebu residents and tourists can grab their bus rides to the northern towns and cities of the Province at the new Cebu North Bus Terminal (CNBT) located in SM City Cebu, Cebu City.
This is now managed by the Cebu Provincial Government and is located right at the center of Metro Cebu giving commuters a more accessible and convenient travel experience.
Governor Gwendolyn Garcia led the terminal’s soft opening Monday, October 12 and signed the usufruct agreement with SM Prime Holdings represented by Senior Vice President Marissa Fernan for the free accommodation of the north Cebu buses and mini-buses.
She said the opening of the terminal is a “triumph for the Cebuanos who showed their indomitable spirit.”
“Never give up, pangitaan gyud og paagi. Dili mahimo nga muingon nalang ta ‘ahh lisod, magpuyo ta.’ Mao nga nahimo ni ron, nia ang atong North Bus Terminal,” Garcia said.
She also said the location is a victory of the public-private partnership between the Capitol and SM Prime Holdings.
Fernan expressed their gratitude to Garcia for the trust and confidence in making SM Prime Holdings the Capitol’s partner in this development.
“This partnership is made more significant in that it signals the joint efforts of government and private sector to provide free use of the property which will allow convenient travel to and from the northern and central parts of the island,” she added.
With the public transportation to Cebu North resolved, Garcia said Cebu Province is now ready for the new, better normal after the Covid-19 pandemic that crushed the economy and left many Cebuanos jobless.
“And so today, this is a great way to start a new week kay finally with the soft opening, magsugod gyud ang actual operations karong Wednesday,” she said.
Garcia thanked Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes for being a gracious host of the CNBT for two decades.
CNBT was previously located in a lot owned by the Mandaue City Government in Barangay Subangdako and managed by the Cebu City Government through a bus operators’ cooperative.
With the contract expiring this month, Cortes expressed their intention to build a government center in Barangay Subangdaku.
“Sa diha nga ang kontrata was about to expire, among gi-assess sa dakbayan sa Mandaue nga gikinahanglan nga we need to put up more government centers. Ang Subangdaku is the barangay nga nag-host sa atong north bus, one of the biggest barangays sa Mandaue. Pero wa gyud intawoy barangay hall, way gymnasium,” Cortes stated.
Garcia also thanked Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella for the provisional authority for the CNBT to operate in the city. She hoped that after 30 days, this will become non-provisional with the imprimatur of the city council under the leadership of Vice Mayor Michael Rama.
Labella assured the governor that the Cebu City Government will continue to support the Capitol in its endeavors.
Arden Arnado, 53 and bus driver from Carmen town, said he is thankful to Garcia and the Provincial Government for taking care of them and for looking out for the riding public’s safety and convenience.
Also present in the event were Cebu Provincial Board members, and officials of the Cebu City and Mandaue City Governments. (Mylen Manto)