Property developer Megaworld Corp. can now proceed with its plan to build a transport hub in Iloilo Business Park (IBP).
The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) approved on Tuesday, March 5, an ordinance granting the Andrew Tan-led company to “construct, establish, operate and maintain” a terminal.
Megaworld owns IBP, a 72-hectare township in Mandurriao district.
Under the ordinance authored by Councilor Plaridel Nava, chairman of the Committee on Transportation, “the transport hub shall be used exclusively for and limited only to UV Express, tourist and chartered vans, and shuttle buses with valid and existing franchises issued by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) of which the point of destination and/or point of origin shall be [IBP]·”
“According to Megaworld, there are about 25,000 BPO employees from the nearby municipalities and provinces that need transportation round the clock, excluding other workers within the vicinity of the Iloilo Business Park that may reach up to 30,000,” Nava said.
City loops public utility jeepneys (PUJs) and taxis will be allowed to pick and deliver passengers within the parking space provided in the transport hub.
However, no fees of any kind shall be imposed and collected from the drivers and operators these vehicles.
The engineering, construction, structural design and maintenance of the transport hub should be be in accordance with the laws and regulations prescribed by the national and local laws.
“The authority granted to Megaworld shall have a period of 20 years unless otherwise revoke by the city government when public convenience, public safety and order require,” the ordinance states.
Jeck Conlu, head of the city government’s Public Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO), said the transport hub will be the pilot terminal for the modernized jeepneys that will operate within the township.IMT