The carriers from Aguadulce are on the warpath due to the threat of a plan to disable the On D ‘Go terminal in which 7 of the 8 borrowers that offer the service in the district of the Coclé province operate.
It seeks to favor a second terminal that received subsequent authorization and that belongs to the group of former baseball player Carlos Lee, in contradiction to a concession that has all the legal requirements recognized in a resolution and certification issued by the Transit and Land Transportation Authority itself ( ATTT).
Even in the first year of Laurentino Cortizo’s government, the ATTT definitively authorized the company On D’Go Aguadulce Gran Terminal SA to operate the Aguadulce public transport terminal, reaffirming the 2014 concession.
This certification dated December 26, 2019, signed by the then secretary general of the ATTT (today the administrator in charge), Carlos Ordoñez, confirmed the validity of the DCTTT resolution No. 101, dated May 19, 2014, with which the led to the concession of the Aguadulce transportation terminal to the company On D ‘Go.
Ordoñez established in his certification: approve the definitive authorization to the company On D ‘Go Aguadulce Gran Terminal SA for the construction, operation, administration and establishment of the public transport terminal in the district of Aguadulce, province of Coclé, and to house the organizations of collective, selective, internal, urban and interprovincial passenger transport ”.
The ATTT resolution signed by Ordoñez added that “the company On D’Go Aguadulce Gran Terminal SA will be responsible for the order and maintenance of the terminal.”
Now Ordoñez has given indications of wanting to change his certification in favor of the On D’Go terminal in Aguadulce, in violation of all legal regulations and the principle of legal security against an economic group that met all the requirements for this concession.
Edilberto García, president of TECOTRASA, a union of carriers that brings together 7 of the 8 borrowers that offer the service in the On D’Go terminal, denounced this threat that has economic borders, it would establish a disastrous precedent throughout the country, since it is not You can cancel a legal document overnight, which is the same with which the other transport terminals operate.
“We are going to defend our On D’Go terminal to the last consequences, first because everything is legally constituted and second because we have suspicions that there are irregular interests behind this move,” García said.
He indicated that what the ATTT has to do is make a decision for the benefit of public transport users both in the economic part and by location, and those two advantages are only offered by the On D’Go terminal, since the other terminal, which belongs to Carlos Lee, is outside the service perimeter.
Instead of affecting a terminal that has everything, you should be reviewing how a second terminal could be approved, without measuring the harm to the user by a distant location.
“The ATTT should be fair and seek the benefit for the user. That is why we want to respect what has been legally established in the On D’Go terminal ”, he stressed.
García explained that TECOTRASA signed an association agreement with On D’Go in 2014, which gives rise to resolution DCTTT n. 101 of the ATTT, which resolved to definitively authorize the construction, operation, administration and establishment of the public transport terminal in the Aguadulce district.
This terminal has the operation of 200 transporters of collective, selective system, internal, urban and intraprovincial routes.
“We cannot stay with folded hands. I repeat, the precedent would be disastrous for the entire country. We are going to defend the legality of our project, ”García pointed out.