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College of Education
Reynaldo J. Navarro HISTORY 111 INSTRUCTOR
Integrated Bus Terminal
On the conversion of the Municipality of Bayawan into a City, the basic utilities
like infrastructure support projects are still limited. One of these major utilities is the
Integrated Bus Terminal with Farmers Market. With its conversion into a component City,
the significant increase of Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) from the National
Government can manage to improve and develop basic utilities to the advantage and benefit
of its people. The Integrated Bus Terminal with Farmers Market shall provide easy access
to all commuters in and around the city, the neighboring municipalities and cities as well.
Purpose of Integrated Bus Terminal
The present bus terminal located at the Central Business District (CBD) owned by
Vallacar Corporation Inc. can only cater to its own buses that ply to the whole island.
Considering the size of the roads within the area, in a period of 5 to 10 years these will be
fully congested with vehicles and commuters alike. Beside the buses, there are also
jeepneys, multicabs, pedicab and the so-called Habal-habal (a single motorcycle that
could carry four to five passengers) that also serve the commuters in the coastal barangays,
neighboring municipalities and barangays in the hinterlands. These jeepneys, multi-cabs,
pedicabs use open spaces and terminal within the CBD.
Before the construction, the city government aims to establish an integrated bus
terminal with a farmers market to provide a safe and convenient area for commuters. This
will decongest the traffic within the central business district. Areas that are being utilized
as terminal for public vehicles shall be converted into a commercial uses to expand existing
commercial stalls. This will provide opportunities for business, which eventually shall
provide employment in the city. The existence of a farmers market shall provide a better
way for farmers in disposing their farm products. Considering the Bayawans dream to
become the Agricultural Capital of the whole province of Negros Oriental shall thus,
become a reality while poverty is minimized in both the urban and hinterlands barangay.
The farmers market shall be located beside the integrated bus terminal to provide
farmers from the different barangays in the city a better means of selling their farm
products. Besides the access provided to them, it shall also lower the cost of transportation
since the farmers market is advantageously located beside the integrated bus terminal.
This undertaking shall provide the initial direction in alleviating poverty in the city
and a strategy in realizing the citys vision of becoming the Agricultural Capital of the
province. One that is sustainable which in the end shall transform Bayawan City into an
economic center of Southern Negros Island.
Construction of Integrated Bus Terminal
Location of the Project:
Integrated Business Center (IBC) was located in Brgy. Villareal,
Under the leadership of Hon. German P. Saraa, the City Mayor, and Hon. Rene
G. Gaudiel, Vice-Mayor, the Integrated Bus Terminal is constructed. This project was
funded by Bayawan City Local Government Unit. The construction of the Integrated Bus
Terminal was undertaken by the City Engineering office. The design of this project was
headed by Engr. Eric O. Torres, the City Planning Officer IV.
The construction of this project started on May 3, 2005 and finished on November
26, 2007. The cost of this project was 102,452,653.00, this included the budget for road
network, lot acquisition and landscaping.
Holy Mass during
Cutting of Ribbon
December 22, 2007
Change of Purpose
Unfortunately, when the Integrated Bus Terminal was about to finish, the Vallacar
Transit Corporation Inc. constructed their own bus terminal at the heart of the city. Vallacar
transit, being the largest bus company in the island had made the main purpose of the
Integrated Business Center (IBT) to failure because they will no longer transfer to the newly
constructed IBT of Bayawan City. After the inauguration, when the bus terminal has not
been used by its major purposes, the city planning section decided to rename the building.
They converted the building into a Business Center and called it as Integrated Business
Center (IBC). The Integrated Business Center became a tourism center that provide
different business opportunities for the City. This building Features 1 VIP Hall, 3 Function
Halls, and many rooms for hotel accommodation. Differet activities like seminar, workshop,
wedding reception and some business transactions was held at the function halls of IBC at
a very affordable price. The groundfloor of the building serve as extension office of some
Departments of the Local Government Units of Bayawan City. IBC grounds serve as the
venue for different big events in the City of Bayawan like Tawo-Tawo Festival Showdown,
NORSU-BSC Acquaintance Party, and so many other activities.
In fact, the three-day
24th Regional Farm Family
Congress cum 4-H Summer
Youth Camp was held at
Integrated Business Center in
Bayawan City, this province
last April 23-25, 2014.
Despite of the happening that made the purpose about the bus terminal change,
Bayawan City is optimistically looking unto the dream that the Farmers Market will be at
IBC to help the farmers in disposing their farm products and in exchange would help the
city in realizing its dream to be the Agricultural Capital of the Province.