QC gov’t orders closure of bus terminal in North Edsa

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 6) – A popular bus terminal in Quezon City is facing closure because it is allegedly operating with a fake permit.

The Quezon City government, led by Mayor Joy Belmonte, served the closure ordered on Baliwag Transit Bus Depot along North Edsa on Wednesday after it has supposedly violated the Quezon City Revenue Code of 1993. With her was MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia.

Authorities alleged that the enterprise is using the clearances of its other branch to operate.

"Pinaka-violation po nila, mayroon silang terminal sa EDSA corner E. Rodriguez. At doon, may locational clearance sila, may special use permit sila, pawang expired po 'yan. Tapos, ginamit pa nilang SUP at locational clearance, yung kabila," Belmonte told reporters.

[Its main violation is that... it has a terminal in EDSA corner E. Rodriguez and there, it has locational clearance and special use permit, but they are expired. Then, the SUP and locational clearance they used were that of the other branch's.]

Garcia also said that the MMDA has received complaints about the said terminal because it is causing heavy traffic.

Kahit garage siya, hindi siya puwedeng gamitin because wala silang permit as garage den...may report sa amin 'to, ang nangyari, pagparada diyan, ibababa lahat ng sakay, lahat ng taxi, UV express, nakaabang sa harap, nag-cause ng traffic.” Garcia said.

[Translation: Even if it is a garage and it cannot be used because it does not have a permit, we received complaints about it. What happened was, drivers would drop off passengers and then all the taxis, and utility vehicles are waiting in front of the terminal, causing traffic.]

Garcia also urged the owners of the bus terminal to comply with requirements so it could be allowed to reopen.

Belmonte, for her part, vowed to continue implementing a crackdown against illegal transport terminal operators.