The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is proud to announce that the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) is now open to public and operational. The new airport-like bus terminal was inaugurated the other day, November 5, 2018, and was claimed to have a capacity of up to 100,000 passengers, daily.
Due to it looking exactly like an airport, the terminal was dubbed as the first land/busport in the Philippines. The facility boasts air-conditioned halls to provide the maximum comfort to passengers waiting for their ride. It features world-class services, online booking and bus reservation with seat selection, an advanced ticketing system, and 50 automated ticketing kiosks.
This newly-opened landport will serve as a transfer point for people alighting from provincial buses to in-city modes of transport going to Metro Manila’s southwest part, and vice versa. It will house departure, arrival, and bay areas for provincial and city buses, UV Express, and jeepneys, which, we would like to assume, will be modernized ones.
There’s a wide array of amenities, such as Wi-Fi-provided waiting areas, charging stations, workstation areas, telephone booths, a centralized shopping center, baby care rooms, breastfeeding stations, a clinic, a prayer room, a pay-in lounge, and neat restrooms. The facility is also senior citizen and PWD-friendly as trolleys and wheelchairs are available. The facility is secured by a 24-hour CCTV system, along with the 24/7 feedback center.
The PITC is a priority project under the administration’s “Build Build Build” program. That said, the inauguration was led by none other than President Rodrigo Duterte, along with executive secretary Salvador Medialdea, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, among other officials from the private sector.
“As the first integrated and multi-modal terminal in the southwestern part of Metro Manila, the PITX is a landmark project, a landport that feels and functions like an airport. With the Build Build Build program in full swing, I assure our people that the government is getting all efforts to construct the necessary infrastructure that would sustain our country’s continued development.”
The Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project with MWM Terminals Inc. is aimed to improved ground transport and passenger flow in surrounding road networks like Cavitex and LRT-1 extension project.