MMDA talks to Estrada on banning buses in Manila

July 24, 2013 10:23 am 

By Lloyd Caliwan

MANILA, July 23 (PNA) — Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino Tuesday talked to Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada regarding complaints arising from the city’s approval of Resolution No. 48 banning city buses without existing terminals to enter roads in the locality.

“I had talked to Mayor Estrada and had asked him of his plan amid mounting complaints from passengers and bus owners,” Tolentino said, adding Estrada assured the agency that there was cooperation coming from the bus operators.

The resolution authored by Councilor Manuel Zarcal regulates city and provincial buses without existing terminals in Manila to pass through its roads and streets

According to Tolentino, Manila’s resolution must synchronize with the overall traffic management plan and policies in the metropolis.

“We will discuss things over and over again,” he said.

Tolentino tasked Emerson Carlos, assistant general manager for operation, to clear up the concerns of over 900 bus operators when Manila began its enforcement of the bus ban.

For his part, Homer Mercado, a transport leader and operator of city buses servicing commuters to and from SM Fairview, Quezon City to Quiapo, Manila, urged Tolentino and Chairperson Winston Ginez of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to resolve whether a resolution is enforceable or not.

Mercado also said they just want to clarify if Manila’s resolution, not an ordinance, could be enforced as a law or not.

Majority of the bus firms plying Manila’s roads have terminals in Quezon City. (PNA)

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