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The Iloilo City Government is pushing for an amendment on a certain provision of the Perimeter Boundary Ordinance (PBO) to allow tourist buses to enter major thoroughfares of the metropolis.

Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog said the possible granting of special permits to tourist buses will prop up the metropolis’ potentials as heritage or museum city.

The City Council has started deliberating on the proposed amendment to the PBO to give leeway to tourist buses in entering the main streets of the metropolis.

City Tourism Officer Ben Jimena said they are conducting actual “Glimpses of City” heritage tour for major stakeholders to assess the viability of granting special permits for tourist buses to pass through city’s historical and cultural sites and attractions.

Jimena expects the amended ordinance to be “fair to guests and constituents as we showcase Iloilo as Heritage City in line with the tourism and investment promotion program enshrined in our tagline ‘My City, My Pride’.”

The Iloilo Tour Guides Cooperative wanted the tourist buses to ply visitors along the city’s heritage streets such as J.M. Basa St., City Proper which is a version of Escolta or shopping capital and financial district home to age-old buildings; Gen. Hughes St., City Proper as “Beverly Hills” where affluent families used to live; E. Lopez St., Jaro as famed “Millionaire’s Row” with the presence of grand mansions and old houses; and Gen. Luna St., City Proper cited as “University Belt” with four of the seven universities present along the stretch.

The PBO regulates the entry of provincial public utility vehicles to the city.

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