- President Rodrigo Duterte inaugurated Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exhange’s opening
- He said PITX will help ease traffic in Metro Manila
- The government targets to put up two more intermodal terminals
President Rodrigo Duterte inaugurated the opening of the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX), the country’s first intermodal terminal, on Monday; praising its facilities via saying it would operate like an airport and would provide state-of-the-art ticketing and reservation services.
The chief executive said PITX, according to ABS-CBN News, will help ease traffic in Metro Manila by limiting provincial buses plying Metro Manila and make commuting more bearable for Filipinos.
Duterte said, “as the first integrated and multi-modal terminal in the southwestern part of Metro Manila, PITX is a landmark project – a ‘landport’ that feels and functions like an airport.”
He urges the public: “Together, let us work hard to lay down the physical foundations of a more progressive and prosperous nation so that our countrymen will enjoy at the very least not a rich life, not even a bar lower than that, but at least… a comfortable life.”
PITX is one of three intermodal terminals that the government targets to build. The two others are Taguig Integrated Terminal Exchange and the North Integrated Terminal Exhange in Bulacan.
The landport offers passengers a state-of-the art and convenient terminal experience via its floor-to-ceiling glass windows, waiting areas similar to airports, tap-and-go turnstiles, bus bays, electronic ticketing systems, prayer room, breastfeeding room, and showers.
It has an all-gender room too, which was made for the LGBT community to comfortably use without fear of discrimination.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said the project demonstrates the Duterte administration’s resolve to provide comfortable life to Filipinos.
The project was made possible via the partnership of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and MWM Terminals, Inc., according to CNN Philippines.