MANILA – From Coastal Mall in Parañaque City, the Southwest Integrated Provincial Transport (SWIPT) terminal has been moved to HK Sun Plaza in Macapagal Boulevard, Pasay City.
At the new station, buses are properly parked while printed signs guide passengers to their destinations..
However, only a few bus units can be seen operating.
The MMDA said many of the buses that used to operate at the previous terminal, particularly the ones that ply the Cavite route, are unregistered.
“Nakita namin na maraming hindi bumiyahe kasi wala silang linya, so ibig sabihin kaya pala kokonti yung bus dito maraming hindi nagluwasan dahil marami walang franchise,” Traffic Engineering Center MMDA Director Noemi Reccio said. (We saw that many bus units are not operating since they do not have a line. That is the reason why only few buses here, it’s because many do not have franchise.)
The MMDA now has a list of franchised buses. Only franchised buses may enter the current terminal.
On the other hand, the LTFRB plans to open the application for special permits to address the short in buses that operate in the area, and to prevent passengers from being stranded.
“Definitely special permits will only be given sa mga buses na may mga franchise pero hindi lang nila mga route. We will be talking to bus operators in those areas sino ba ang pwedeng magserbisyo, ” LTFRB Board Member Atty. Aileen Lizada said. (Definitely special permits will only be given to buses with franchise but plies another route. We will be talking to bus operators in those areas as to who can provide their services.)
Passengers have varying views on the terminal’s transfer.
“Nahihirapan talaga kami, malapit kasi kami doon, tapos nagulat na lang kami biglang nalipat yung terminal. Parang nalito na lang kami,” passenger Marianne Tuyor said. (It is hard for us since we live near the previous terminal. We were surprised by the sudden transfer; we just got confused.)
“Napalayo po kami. Malapit kami sa Coastal Mall, mahirapan pa kasi may dalang ka pa bata,” passenger Maribeth Cuntonio said. (The new terminal is far. We live near Coastal Mall. Going to the new terminal is hard for us since we bring along children.)
“Okay lang kasi malapit naman, convenient naman,” passenger Cynthia Ramirez said. (The new terminal is near. It’s convenient for me.)
The lot where the new terminal was transferred to be government owned. With the relocation, the MMDA can save more by up to over 1.2 million pesos compared to the rent paid at the Coastal Mall in Baclaran. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue