Friday, 17th January 2020


Change is good but we need cash.

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Change is good but we need cash.


This statement can sum up one of the current apparent sentiments of the commuting public in and around Roxas City—after the Albar Terminal was recently transferred to Brgy. Lawaan.


With the city’s terminal relocated albeit temporarily, it’s certainly a breath of fresh air in the previously crowded Albar Terminal located between Kilometer 1 of Lawaan and Roxas Avenue.


But students and other regular commuters have in the past days cried foul about the relocated terminal in Brgy. Lawaan.


In particular, since the terminal is located away from the national highway, commuters have to ride another mode of transport to enter the city’s central business district.


This would mean added fares on the part of the commuters, not to mention the inconvenience and the delay it could take to wait a regular-fare tricycle ride.


While it is said that “more economic development is in store” for this city with the expected completion of the Roxas City Integrated Transport Terminal within less than a year, its relocation to Brgy. Lawaan—which is hardly accessible at the moment—is surely an added burden to the city commuters.


We can only think of the added financial woes to the ginikanan (parents) of the students commuting regularly from the towns to study here in the city. Or consider the regular daily worker who plies the Ceres or jeepney routes from their residences to their workplaces. In the coming days, it’s going to be more difficult to some commuters.


Even as the new terminal was originally aimed to improve the traffic flow on Km. 1 and accommodate vehicles operating in other provinces, which will eventually usher tourists in the city, tricycle drivers will surely benefit more from the terminal—primarily because their vehicles will be the city’s primary mode of transportation.


Further, the soon-to-open mall in Pueblo de Panay will surely benefit from the troves of commuters and consumers—flocking to and from the city district. That leaves who—just the commuters—who will have to adjust to the new scheme.


Change is good but people need to maximize their money, if only to make ends meet day by day.

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