City Legal Office monitoring other transport terminals-A A +A
Saturday, January 18, 2014
THE Bacolod City Legal Office (CLO) is monitoring the operations of other public transport terminals in the city not only the Northbound Terminal operated by Crispin Chua, CLO lawyer Cesar Beloria Jr. said Friday.
Beloria confirmed that their office headed by City Legal Officer Sarah Villamor is conducting its own investigation over the alleged violations of Chua in operating the north terminal.
Beloria said they are also determining if the terminals operated by private firms Vallacar Transit Inc., operator of Ceres Liner, and the Daalco terminal in Libertad Market, are complying with the local laws.
Beloria said the action of the CLO is a way to make sure that the current administration is not singling out Chua and his operation.
The north terminal of Ceres Liner, situated right across Chua’s facility in Barangay Bata, was established after the city passed the ordinance for the creation of the Northbound Terminal.
Beloria, however, said the Ceres terminal is not covered or incorporated in the said ordinance as it solely refers to Chua’s operation.
Vallacar Transit’s basis for constructing their own terminal was solely based on the legal opinion of the CLO during the administration of then Mayor Evelio Leonardia, he explained.
He added that part of the arrangement of Ceres Liner with the city is the sole accommodation of their units or buses plying the northern route.
Beloria said they are studying the memorandum of agreement (MOA) entered into by Chua with the city government to determine the operator’s violations.
He further said that one notable item they discovered in the agreement was the need for Chua to secure a franchise from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
It would not be easy for the city to simply take over the operations of Chua as there are legal procedures that needed to be complied with, Beloria said.
“The city is a party to the MOA so any violation should be given due process,” he added
Beloria pointed out that the only way for the City Government to takeover is the possibility that the LTFRB will suspend the operation of Chua and that the traffic situation of the city would be gravely affected by the closing of the terminal.
Beloria said the CLO will release a a copy of their investigation on the operations of Chua 15 days after the conduct of the hearing of the committee on transportation and traffic management. (CNC)
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on January 18, 2014.