President Rodrigo Roa Duterte inaugurated the country’s first landport, the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX), last November 5, 2018. The President himself unveiled the marker at the main entrance of PITX and delivered the event’s keynote speech.
PITX is a flagship project under the Department of Transportation (DOTr) in partnership with MWM Terminals Inc., a Megawide subsidiary.
Government officials and key figures from the private sector graced the event, including members of the administration’s Build, Build, Build (BBB) committee such as DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, and Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo, among others.
A landport that offers ease of connections
Located in Parañaque City, the intermodal transport hub will provide passengers with access to multiple modes of transportation such as buses, jeepneys, taxis, and UV shuttles. There will also be a future connection to LRT Line 1.
“In our studies, passengers identified difficult transfers as the most pressing problem. There are no guarantees as to arrival or departure times, nor there is no one facility where they can find all the transport options they need,” said Louie Ferrer, MWM Terminals President and Megawide Chief Corporate Affairs and Branding Officer.
“We consider PITX as one of the most important projects of the Philippine Government,” said Megawide Group Chairman Edgar Saavedra. “For so long, Metro Manila commuters have had to endure the unfriendly conditions of their daily commute, on top of the long hours in heavy traffic. Now, we are finally providing a solution to these long-standing problems.”
A landport that aims to alleviate Manila traffic
Part of the objective of PITX was to help lessen the number of vehicles in the inner cities by acting as a transfer point between provincial and in-city modes of transport. This was an important element that MWM included in their project studies.
“In progressive cities, transfers between provincial and city transport are organized in one location. They have experienced traffic problems similar to what we are facing now, and we can learn from the solutions they are implementing,” Mr. Ferrer said.
“Megawide and MWM Terminals continue to support the administration’s vision for the BBB program,” said Mr. Saavedra. “Filipino companies like us are committed to sharing our capabilities for the acceleration of nationwide infrastructure projects. We hope there will be continuous partnership opportunities in this sector, especially for young local companies, so that they can gain first-hand experience, and give back to the nation too.”
PITX has been on soft opening since November 10, Saturday.