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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

New bus terminal in Zambo. to open as soon as personnel are available - Orendain

By Dave G. Malcampo

ZAMBOANGA CITY – City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. yesterday (May 4) said that the new integrated bus terminal in Divisoria would be operational as soon as the personnel needed for its operations will have been hired.

Orendain said that the only thing holding back the terminal’s operation is the provision of personnel. “They will man the terminal 24/7,” he said. “They will be covering four shifts of 6 hours each.”

He shared that he already talked with Dr. Jane Bascar of the Human Resources Department to help look for vacancies in other departments, which can be used to fill in all the 55 required personnel for the IBT.

“We will also be hiring security and janitorial staff,” Orendain said.

According to Orendain, bus operators such as Rural Transit were already brought to the new terminal for familiarization last week. “We already gave them a walkthrough of the facilities,” he said.

The new terminal will have facilities such as air conditioning and an x-ray machine for enhanced security.

Meanwhile, the City Administrator’s Office has received a total of approximately 1,100 applications for lease for the bus terminal’s 17 stalls. Orendain assured that the bus terminal committee has set up a system to fairly choose the 17 concessionaires.