City Council approves franchise for bus firm

January 9, 2014 10:38 am 

ILOILO CITY, Jan. 8 — The City Council here approved on Tuesday Regulation Ordinance 2014-015 granting a franchise for the Vallacar Transit Inc., operator of Ceres Bus Lines, to establish and operate a bus terminal in the boundary of Barangays Buhang and Camalig in Jaro district.

Councilor Plaridel Nava, main proponent of the ordinance, said the terminal franchise will cover buses owned by Vallacar to any point in Panay Island and will only allow entry of city-loop jeepneys and taxicabs operating in Iloilo and the rest of Panay.

Nava said the terminal, to be built on a 3.5-hectare lot owned by Vallacar, will have a two-storey building, separate comfort rooms for male and female passengers, a canteen and other amenities to serve the needs of passengers.

The councilor said the Comprehensive Perimeter Boundary Ordinance passed in 2013 by the City Council has effectively erased the exclusivity of terminals to be built only in three adjoining barangays in Jaro.

He said the CPBO provides a non-exclusive franchise and business investors may build their terminals in any area but not within the city proper.

The new terminal is expected to create more jobs, enhance tourism and economic activity in the area.

The ordinance is implementable 10 days after publication in a newspaper of general circulation in Iloilo. (PNA)

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