Zamboanga City to operate Integrated Bus Terminal on 24/7 basis

February 6, 2015 12:59 am 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Feb. 4 — The city government is optimistic that the operation of the newly-completed P180-million Integrated Bus Terminal (IBT) will be an additional income-earning economic enterprise.

City Administrator Antonio Orendain, Jr. said Wednesday the IBT will operate on a 24/7 basis once it is opened.

However, Orendain was quick to say that it is expected the IBT will have a “break-even” income on the first year of operation.

The terminal, which can accommodate more than 600 passengers and 17 buses at one time, is located in Barangay Divisoria, 6.40 kilometers east of this city.

The IBT will cater to buses plying from this city to Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur; Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte, Ozamis City, Misamis Occidental; and, to as far as Cagayan de Oro City in Northern Mindanao.

City Engineer Luis Vicente Despalo earlier announced that the IBT is “physically 100 percent completed” except for some finishing touches.

The terminal has different amenities that include breastfeeding room, gift shops, eateries, offices of the different government line agencies and restrooms.

The IBT will be the fourth economic enterprises of this city. The other three are the Waterfront public market, Sta. Cruz Commercial Complex, and the abattoir. (PNA)

LAP/TPGJR/R.G. ANTONET A. GO/EDS

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