6-hectare common terminal to rise in Dagupan City

DAGUPAN CITY — The city council here has endorsed the construction of a six-hectare common terminal for public utility vehicles on Jose R. de Venecia Expressway Extension in Barangay Tapuac here, away from the crowded central business district.

Councilor Luis Samson Jr. said on Tuesday this is consistent with the ordinance he sponsored in the city council seeking the establishment of a common terminal for all public utility vehicles entering the city.

In an interview, he said all buses, mini-buses and passenger vans were already given by the city council an ultimatum to vacate their terminals in the downtown area by end of December this year.

All these terminals, he said, are violating a standing city ordinance enacted way back in  1977 prohibiting terminals,  which ingress and egress are located within 100 meters of a street intersection.

That ordinance was recently amended, with the distance of 100 meters from an intersection increased to 200 meters.

Samson said given by the city council the go-signal to build a common terminal on its more than six-hectare property is Servillano  P. Dayo of SDP Corporation.

Another applicant is Dr. Abraham Coquia who proposed to build a common terminal on his family’s lot in the south-end of Arellano Street but which is near a street intersection and the Dawel Bridge, Samson said.

The proposed common terminal to be built under private initiative must conform with all the regulations as to facilities for the convenience of passengers, to be prescribed by the city government, Samson said.

Public Order and Safety Office (POSO) chief Carlito Ocampo said the establishment of a common terminal became more pressing with the impending closure of the vehicle holding area on M.H. del Pilar Street not because it is located with 200 meters from a street intersection but because the land is now owned by ShoeMart Inc. which is now building a mall near the area. PNA-northboundasia.com