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Transport groups attend public hearing on Tuguegarao terminal ordinance

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- The City Government here hosted a public hearing on the proposed ordinance ‘Regulating the Establishment, Operation and Maintenance of Public Transport Terminals within Tuguegarao City and Providing Penalties Thereof’ on Tuesday, September 12.

The hearing was attended by van, bus and jeepney drivers and operators, transport associations, Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and members of the private sector.

The proposed ordinance seeks to enact updated regulations on the establishment of public transport terminals and to comply with the guidelines issued by the LTFRB, Department of Interior and Local Government, and Department of Transportation.

The draft ordinance covers public utility vehicles (PUV) such as buses, mini-buses, vans, and jeepneys for hire except tricycles.

In the hearing, Council Chairman on the Committee on Rules, Laws, and Ethics Councilor lawyer Raymund Guzman said that the transport terminals are operating under tolerance because the city has yet to pass an updated ordinance.

“Tinotolerate natin lahat ito dahil aayusin natin kung saan dapat kayo magkakaroon ng legal na parking terminal,” Guzman said to PUV operators. “Pagpasensyahan muna natin kung saan kayo (PUV terminals) nagpapark ngayon,” he added.

Councilor Danilo Baccay said that operators must have a legal terminal once the ordinance is approved. He added that operators are not forced to be a part of a central terminal.

“We will not force you to go to that terminal for as long as your terminal is duly authorized by the Sanggunian; but we will encourage you,” he said.

Before the end of the forum, Councilor Gilbert Labang asked concerned parties to submit a position paper on the matter within 10 days.

Among the notable requirements of draft ordinance to inter-modal terminals are the establishment of comfortable benches or seats with backrests for waiting passengers, telephone or mobile communication facilities, separate restrooms for males, females, and disabled passengers, and diaper-changing tables among others.

Other draft regulations include the prohibition of loading/unloading outside authorized zones and terminals. No terminals must be established within 500 meters from existing terminals.

The council also said that they will also determine choke points or areas where traffic congestion usually occurs and will include them in the implementing rules and regulations.

The draft ordinance also states that no terminals shall be established within the poblacion area including barangays Ugac Norte and Sur, Cartan Centro and Sur, and San Gabriel.

The council has yet finalize the penalties and franchise fees. Northernforum.net

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