Buhi transport Terminal, Sagrada, Buhi, Camarines Sur (September 9, 2020)

The Sanggunian Bayan (SB) Transportation Committee on Wednesday held a hearing and recommends the revival of the transport terminal at barangay Sagrada this town after its closure because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Temporary terminal of UV express and Jeepneys and parking area of private cars was placed at the Buhi Social Terrace,” said Councilor Ting Villadares, the committee chairman.  It seems that it is already jampacked, and possible Covid-19 health protocols violation is imminent.”

“We must also consider the growing number of a special permit to operate public utility vehicles (PUVs) issued by the land transportation franchising and regulatory board (LTFRB) Bicol,” said Villadares.

Municipal Administrator Beethoven Nachor said the proposal of the committee is possible,  provided that a new agreement with the lot owner, Mr. Rodrigo Claveria, must be renewed.

“To consider the equitable sharing on the profits derived from its operation,” Nachor added.

Claveria explained to the committee that he is willing to renew the agreement and proposed to include the provisions for solid waste management and peace and order as LGUs’ responsibilities.

“The LGU must not allow other bus terminals to thrive elsewhere to protect and sustain the terminal operation in Sagrada,”  Claveria said. Also, to include in the truce the strict observance of Covid-19 protocols.”

Villadares and Nachor agree that the committee will relay all proposals to the SB plenary on Monday, and the Committee Report be sent to the Mayor for the drafting of the new agreement.

The transport terminal in Sagrada started its operation in 2012 by virtue of a Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) entered into by then-Mayor Rey Lacoste and Mr. Rodrigo Claveria.

The JVA expired on December 31, 2013, and never renewed, but the operation continues.