QUEZON CITY, Philippines — After a long wait the Parañaque Intergrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) will finally open officially today, November 5.
Strategically located along Coastal Road Parañaque, PITX is the first integrated and multi-modal terminal in the Southwestern part of Metro Manila, serving as a transfer point between provincial buses from Cavite, Batangas, and in-city modes of transportation.
It is expected to decongest traffic in Metro Manila by reducing the number of provincial buses plying EDSA and Taft Avenue-Pasay.
“Matatanggal na yung ibang terminals natin diyan sa loob ng Metro Manila,” Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary Mark de Leon said. “Ang end effect niyan, makakabawas din talaga sa daloy ng trapiko dito sa kalakhang Maynila.”
The terminal building includes three levels: departure bay for buses, jeepneys, and taxis situated on the ground floor, arrival bays for buses on the second floor, and private vehicle facilities such as parking spaces, AUV bays, and a connection to the proposed LRT-1 extension project situated at the third floor.
It is designed to accommodate almost 200,000 passengers daily.
“Kung dati- rati yung mga pasahero nag-aabang lang dun sa Baclaran area o Lawton area, pero sa ngayon, with this new terminal, dito na sila mag-aabang ng kanilang ride pauwi dito sa kanilang patutunguhan,” said Usec. De Leon.
The new terminal is dubbed as the country’s first landport for its airport-like modern facilities such as various retail shops, restaurants, automated teller machines and large restrooms with showers for weary travelers who want to freshen up.
There is also free Wi-Fi connection and a wide waiting area surrounded by closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras.
President Rodrigo Duterte himself will lead the inauguration of PITX today at 1:00 p.m.
The world-class terminal is a public-private project under the Build, Build, Build program of the Duterte administration. — Chato Alonsagay (with reports from Joan Nano)