Cebu South Bus Terminal reminds passengers: ‘We’re closed on day of Sinulog’
CEBU CITY, Philippines — Those who plan to spend the Fiesta Señor out of town should travel earlier.
Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT) manager Carmen Quijano reminded the public that the terminal will halt operations beginning midnight of January 19, 2020.
She said all of the buses using the CSBT will be making their last trip on Saturday evening, January 18, 2020, as the Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) will close the Natalio Bacalso Avenue for the entire duration of the Fiesta Señor to give way for the contingents of Sinulog Grand Mardi Gras.
“All the buses must already be out of the terminal by midnight because there will no longer be trips in the morning. They will only come back here if the CCTO will already open N. Bacalso after the Sinulog,” Quijano told CDN Digital on Thursday, January 9.
During the Sinulog, the CSBT will serve as the main staging point of the Emergency Preparedness and Response unit of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.
PDRRMO chief Neil Angelo Sanchez earlier said the province will be deploying its emergency and rescue vehicles during the Grand Mardi Gras.
Emergency response teams from at least five LGUs will also be deployed in the emergency station along the Sinulog parade route.
Quijano said they are still waiting for the CCTO to designate a temporary terminal for the south and midwest-bound buses that will be displaced during the whole-day closure of N. Bacalso Avenue.
Even as the buses will not be staying at the CSBT for the entire day, Quijano said the ticket controllers of the bus lines should be at the bus terminal by Sunday afternoon so that they will be able to issue tickets immediately once the CCTO declares N. Bacalso open after the Sinulog showdown.
Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella earlier said they intend for the Sinulog to cap off at 7 p.m.
“Ang ako lang kon di pa sila kaabot unya ang mga tawo manulod na inig human sa Sinulog. Ang best way nga atong buhaton, makigmeeting ko sa tanang controllers aron ig abot sa mga tawo, ready na. Maa nay maglingkod sa ticketing booth aron mag-issue og ticket or passengers pass kay no ticket, no entry man ta,” said Quijano.
(My concern is if Sinulog ends and the passengers start to come, what if the controllers are not yet here to issue the tickets. The best way is to meet them all to make sure that once the passengers start to arrive after the Sinulog, they will be there to issue tickets or passenger’s pass since we are implementing a no ticket, no entry policy.)
As the terminal operation would be at a halt for the entire day on Sinulog, Quijano said they are expecting that the volume of passengers will surge once the Sinulog is already over and the streets are opened. /bmjo
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