TABACO CITY CENTRAL TERMINAL: A NEW PHASE OF TABACO CITYHOOD
“For in movement there is life, and in change there is power.”
City Mayor Krisel Lagman-Luistro called on every LGU personnel’s support on the Tabaco City Central Terminal (TCCT) Dry Run operation during their flag raising ceremony on August 6. She acknowledged that there will be minimal adjustments in this ‘change’ in the traffic scheme though she was very hopeful that the positive outcome would outweigh the subtle inconvenience.
The new terminal, and designated parking area for all public utility vehicles (PUVs), is now located at Barangay Pawa, Tabaco City. This is a privilege given to all PUVs in Tabaco with no increase in rates. The same rates are imposed in accordance with Ordinance No. 016-1997, otherwise known as the 1997 Local Revenue Code of Tabaco.
These PUVs, which includes buses, UV Express vans, and jeeps with routes to Legaspi, Naga, Daet and Manila, will be collecting passengers at the TCCT. Public utility jeeps (PUJs) plying the routes of Sto. Domingo, Bacacay, Malilipot, denominated as Southbound jeeps and Ligao, Malinao and Tiwi bound jeepneys however retain pick-up points at the poblacion, specifically in front of the City Mall, but they will use the TCCT as tambakan.
For the proper operation of the terminal, “no pick-up” zones were established along Ziga Avenue for Southbound PUVs and along Karangahan Blvd. for PUVs via Sabloyon from the designated pickup stations at the city public market for the northbound and southbound vehicles up to TNHS Sports Complex waiting shed for Ligao-bound PUJs and the new terminal for Malinao and Tiwi-bound jeeps. Southbound transport utilities (with routes going to Sto. Domingo, Bacacay and Malilipot) are only allowed to pick up passengers when they reach the Tabaco Chinese Cemetery.
Manila-bound buses are not allowed to collect passengers along Karangahan Boulevard. They are free to pick up passengers when they reach Villa Azon Resort in Matagbac.
Unloading zones along the Ziga Avenue are in front of Jollibee and beside the City Plaza Fountain. Dropping off passengers in front of Tabaco South Central Elementary School is allowed before 7:00 o’clock in the morning and from 12:00 o’clock noon to 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon. Another drop-off point is placed at the corner of General Luna Street beside the City Mall Building for vehicles using back door routes.
Pedicabs and tricycles will continue to operate outside national highways for safety reasons and in compliance with the DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2011-68, dated 9 May 2011, reiterating the conditions for operating the said vehicles. It may only be allowed to traverse the national highway if there is no other alternative road network available.
Tabaco City Police Chief Nilo Berdin assured that all these traffic improvements will be observed with the assistance of the city police force.
The Tabaco City Central Terminal Dry Run as per Executive Order No. 06-2012 has given us the idea how to operate the TCCT in accordance with its primary purposes which are decongestion, commercial district expansion and improving quality of service to the people. Consultation with the transport sector is scheduled on September 1 and the public transport hearing will be on September 8, 2012.