FOR THREE CONSECUTIVE months now, the Integrated Bus Terminal (IBT) in Barangay Divisoria has collected more from parking fees and the local government continues to improve the facilities at Zamboanga’s premier provincial bus depot serving huge numbers of passengers and travellers alike.
For the month of August, the IBT collected some P178, 370 as compared to July’s record of P172, 820 and P152, 080 in June.
Comparing collections of the month of August to the same period in 2018, the IBT recorded a whopping 97% increase in parking revenues, according to IBT Supervising Transportation Regulation Officer Rafael Derick Evangelista III.
He said the collections soared due to the close collaboration between the IBT management and the City Treasurer’s Office. “August 2019 is the new all-time high income for the private parking area. Parking income has been breaking records for the past three months,” he said.
Evangelista said they have collected a total of P463, 460 from January to June.
The local government is also set to install more surveillance cameras and additional X-ray baggage scanners at IBT as part of security upgrade and improvements to the facilities to ensure safety of travellers.
Evangelista the bus terminal is currently undergoing improvements in both the infrastructure aspect and streamlining of processes and procedures to further boost its revenues and subsequently to better serve the public.
He said these include the construction of covered court and installation of iron grills to reinforce the perimeter fence around the terminal.
The improvements at the rest rooms are also scheduled this year. The projects are being supervised by the City Engineer’s Office.
Mayor Beng Climaco, whose priority program includes safety and security, again praised the collection efforts of BT where provincial buses and commuter vans ply between Zamboanga and other key cities in Mindanao such as Dapitan, Dipolog, Pagadian, Cagayan de Oro, Iligan and Davao, among other areas in the South. (Zamboanga Post)
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