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World-Class Transport Terminal Up and Running in Bicol - BM

LEGAZPI CITY—The Metro Integrated Transport Terminal (MITT) here has started operations providing commuters between the city and all destinations within Albay and the rest of the Bicol region the experience of a world-class public-transport facility.

Getting to CatanduanesCity Mayor Noel Rosal led the formal opening of the state-of-the-art terminal last week at the corner of Tahao and alternate roads in a simple ceremony attended by top executives of the province.

“This terminal will raise the confidence of investors in Legazpi as a highly commercialized city that serves as the regional government center of Bicol,” Rosal said.

He labeled the P300-million facility put up by private company LKY Group under a 25-year build-operate-and-transfer arrangement as a “futuristic terminal” that will spur economic development in the whole of Bicol.

“Everyone is excited over this futuristic terminal. Even those living in far-flung villages believe that this terminal will bring progress to them,” the mayor said.

The new city terminal will centralize all forms of land transportation that pass through here, including buses plying the routes between Manila and the Visayas-Mindanao regions.  It has also been made the convergence place of all jeepneys and air-conditioned vans that bring commuters to and from various cities and towns of practically the whole Bicol region.

Jump-off point to TabacoSince the 3.9-hectare facility expects human traffic of more than 80,000 every day, Rosal said the commercial area now being completed to house restaurants, bars and malls will definitely bustle the area with economic activities.

This early, fast-food giant Jollibee and sister company Chowking are preparing to construct a restaurant in the terminal. Jollibee is expected to put up its biggest store at the terminal complex, which will be its fourth in the city.

SM Group’s Save More had also signified its intention to become the operator of the new terminal’s supermarket, a major development that made Rosal ecstatic.

“MITT will be the new center of business in the city,” he said.

Rosal said the formal opening of the terminal was just in time for the arrival of tourists for the region’s Ibalong Festival.

The three-term mayor added that MITT “will beef up the perception of an organized government” in the city.

“People from all walks of life coming in or going out of the city by land will pass through this terminal. As they first see and experience the convenience offered by a modern facility like this, they will surely be surprised and highly impressed,” Rosal said.

New Terminal in Legazpi“Now the people are saying Legazpi is making a lot of difference with this terminal. Iba talaga ang Legazpi [Legazpi is really different],” Augusto Cubias, an executive officer of the LKY Group that constructed the terminal, said.

As this facility came to operations, discussions of possible investments among investors have started.

“This terminal will do a lot in showing the people what kind of governance Legazpi has,” Cubias said.

Rosal clarified that the project to modernize Legazpi’s antiquated terminal was first offered to local business groups, but it was the LKY Group, a company from Sorsogon City, which responded to the challenge.

He said because of the vision of the LKY Group, what used to be a flood-prone area populated by squatters is now becoming the new central business district of the city.

“We look forward to the coming of more business owners and we wholeheartedly welcome them,” Rosal said.

The mayor also expressed optimism over the future of the Ibalong Center for Recreation, the only convention center in Legazpi, which he said will be rehabilitated soon. The Ibalong Center which has been damaged by past floods is a stone throw away from MITT.

Written by Danny O. Calleja / Correspondent
Sunday, 11 October 2009 20:20
Source: Business Mirror

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