SP bent on closing 3 bus terminals on Perez Blvd

THE Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) is set to pass a resolution on Monday, Oct. 8, seeking the transfer of the terminals of Victory Liner (VL), Solid North (SN) and Five Star (5S) out of   Perez Boulevard since they have been violating a long standing ordinance prohibiting terminals whose ingress and egress are within 200 meters of a street intersection.

This became imminent after VL and SN again failed to come up with a compromise agreement that would allow the buses of the latter to enter and exit through a back road owned by VL instead of entering and exiting on Perez Boulevard.

It was lawyer Robert Fernandez, VL counsel, who informed the SP committee on transportation chaired by Councilor Alvin Coquia during the October 1 hearing that no settlement has been reached in the mediation proceedings and judicial dispute proceedings at the sala of Judge Emma Torio.

Lawyer Francisco Angeles, SN counsel, confirmed that there were several attempts but branded the offer of VL as “really unreasonable”.

Both counsels, however, refused to give any details about the failed agreement invoking the principle of sub judice since the civil case filed by SN against VL is still pending before RTC branch 41 in Dagupan City.

But Angeles revealed SN’s case was bolstered after it established that one of the conditions  stated in the Deed of Sale executed by lot seller, Dagupan Chinese Chamber of Commerce, and VL, as buyer, is for the back road to allow public access to it.

Councilor Coquia said that the only reason the SP will reconsider its decision to pass a resolution seeking the relocation of the terminals is if Victory Liner will allow buses of Solid North to pass the back road till a common terminal being built. along Jose de Venecia Expressway Extension in Lucao becomes operational.

At the same time, Coquia suggested the option for SL to temporarily transfer its terminal operations to its garage on Arellano-Bani only to learn that it doesn’t even have the permits to operate as a garage.

And when Coquia also suggested to VL and 5S,  its sister company, to use the terminal it acquired from Dominion Liner, he was also told that the ingress and egress is four meters short of the required 200-meter distance required in the ordinance.

To this, Victory Liner’s Fernandez, asked the SP to amend its ordinance to revert back to the original 100 meter distances so that the company terminal in Mayombo could be used as suggested. The councilor did not reply. (Leonardo Micua)


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