Former Cebu City councilor Nestor Archival Sr. was hired as a P1-a year consultant at the Cebu City Hall to take charge of the coordination and monitoring of the City’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project.
Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama said Archival would also be designated as point person for the BRT once he signs the consultancy contract.
Rama said City Planning and Development Coordinator Nigel Paul Villarete would still be asked to help the city coordinate with national government and foreign-funding agencies in the implementation of the bus system.
Villarete has been chosen as the next general manager of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) and will leave City Hall next week.
”Paul will continue to help us. He has already laid the groundwork for the BRT and considering his passion for the project, we will ask for his assistance … What’s important is that we can have somebody who can work on it, now we will have,” Rama said.
Having worked for the city for nine years as councilor and with his strong advocacy for environmental protection, Archival, an engineer, can very well carry out the task, the mayor said.
The city has adopted the BRT as its preferred mass transport system, saying it’s the cheaper and more environment-friendly option.
Villarete said with foreign funding agencies willing to help the city fund the feasibility studies and the implementation of the BRT, Archival will have few things left to do to implement the project.
”It’s already complete. The only thing left to do is to coordinate and monitor our arrangements with the different agencies, so it will be implemented on schedule and everything will be in place and Nestor can manage that very well,” he said.
Rama, Villarete and Archival were together at the Better Air Quality Conference in Bangkok, Thailand in November 2008, where the BRT was promoted as a mass transport system for urban areas.
The mayor said the head of the Cebu City Transportation Office and the City Planning and Development Office would later be asked to help Archival in the implementation phase of the project.