PRESIDENT Duterte yesterday directed the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to ensure all public utility vehicles that will use the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) in Barangay Tambo, Parañaque City are “roadworthy,” have proper documentation, and these comply with environment laws.
The President issued the directive during the inauguration of first integrated and multi-modal terminal “landport” in the southwestern part of Metro Manila.
The facility can accommodate up to 100,000 passengers daily and feature separate departure and arrival bays for buses, jeepneys, and taxis, as well as state-of-the-art bus reservation and online booking facilities.
Duterte likened the “landport” to an airport. He said it is one of three intermodal terminals being developed by the government, in cooperation with the private sector, under the “Build Build Build” program.
“This will offer passengers a safer, state-of-the-art, and convenient terminal experience that will hopefully contribute to addressing traffic congestion in Metro Manila. This will help ease traffic by limiting provincial buses plying Metro Manila roads, specifically along Roxas Boulevard and the EDSA-Taft area. It will also serve as a transfer point between the provincial buses from Cavite, western Batangas, and other in-city modes of transportation,” the President said.
Duterte was accompanied by several Cabinet members including Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, and presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo.
By JOCELYN MONTEMAYOR