‘BRT could have been done in 2019’

Sun.Star Cebu - - NEWS PLUS - EDI­TOR: Ju­je­may G. Awit / RVC @yourJGA

If not for the de­lay caused by some of the crit­ics of the project, Cebu City Mayor Tomas Os­meña said, the Cebu Bus Rapid Tran­sit (BRT) project could have been com­pleted by 2019.

In a Face­book post, Os­meña ac­cused Pres­i­den­tial As­sis­tant for the Visayas Michael Dino of tak­ing credit for the BRT project even if the lat­ter was against it be­fore.

“Michael Dino failed to have the BRT can­celled. So now he’s go­ing to take over its im­ple­men­ta­tion so he can de­stroy it from within,” Os­meña wrote.

Sun­Star Cebu tried to get Dino’s com­ment on the mat­ter but he had yet to re­ply as of press time.

City Ad­min­is­tra­tor Nigel Paul Vil­larete said the project had been de­layed for three years al­ready.

Os­meña’s Face­book post came after Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion Sec. Arthur Tu­gade, Dino and the tech­ni­cal ser­vice con­sul­tants of the project met to dis­cuss the Cebu In­te­grated and In­ter­modal Trans­port Sys­tem (CIITS) project.

In the lat­est de­vel­op­ment, DOTr an­nounced that the BRT project would push through and be part of the CIITS.

Os­meña also posted a screen-cap­tured photo of Dino’s pre­vi­ous post that sup­ported the Light Rail Tran­sit for Cebu.

A copy of a let­ter signed by Dino in April 2018 re­quest­ing Depart­ment of Fi­nance Sec­re­tary Car­los Dominguez to can­cel the BRT project was also posted by Os­meña.

“Neda (Na­tional Eco­nomic and De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity), the agency that has fi­nal say, has twice or­dered the BRT to pro­ceed. But guess what hap­pens when the two of­fices in charge of im­ple­ment­ing the BRT are the same ones who are against it? The BRT could have be­gun im­ple­men­ta­tion ear­lier this year. It should have been com­pleted by next year,” Os­meña wrote.

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