Airport-style Metro Manila terminal promises easier commute

Jessica Fenol and Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 06 2018 11:47 AM | Updated as of Nov 06 2018 11:48 AM

The Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) is a flagship project of Megawide's MWM Terminals Inc and the Department of Transportation. Nov. 5, 2018, Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA -- Electronic ticketing, QR code-capable turnstiles and flat screens displaying departure time await commuters in the capital's south, where the government built a transport hub that feels like an airport.

The 75,000-square meter Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange or PITX also has floor-to-ceiling glass windows and rows of cushioned seats for the estimated 200,000 passengers that will use it daily, according to its builder, Megawide.

President Rodrigo Duterte inaugurated the PITX, dubbed as the country's first "landport" last Monday, ahead of its full opening. It will serve as a transfer point between provincial and in-city public utility vehicles.

Commuter buses from Cavite and Batangas can end their trips at PITX, from which, passengers can transfer to jeepneys, buses, taxis and UV Express vans, said Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chairman Martin Delgra.

The PITX hopes to make transferring between modes of transport easier, said Louie Ferrer, president of Megawide subsidiary MWM Terminals.

"Mageenjoy sila dito sa PITX kasi hindi na sila mahihirapan katulad nung before na kahit umulan, nahihirapan, basang basa sila ngayon nandito sila sa comfortable environment," Ferrer told ABS-CBN News.

(They will really enjoy it here in PITX. Unlike before, when it rains, they get soaked and find it difficult to get a ride. Here, they have a comfortable environment.)

Buses, jeepneys, taxis and UV Express vehicles have their own loading and unloading bays for easier navigation. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

The "world class facility" was also designed to accommodate senior citizens and person with disability, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said.

It also has shower rooms and a breastfeeding area. A Supermarket, retail outlets and restaurants will also be available, Ferrer said.

The facility is accessible to senior citizens and PWDs. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Megawide will roll out many different technologies in phases as the terminal starts to operate, Ferrer said. Choosing PUV seats will be like choosing a cinema seat.

Ticketing counter at the ground level of PITX. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Each ticket will contain the passenger's travel details similar to a boarding pass. Aside from the gate number, departure time and fare, it also has a QR code that will be used to pass through turnstiles.

Sample electronic ticket. ABS-CBN News
QR codes in tickets will be used to pass through electronic turnstiles. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Online booking will be available soon and the management is already looking at a mobile app, Ferrer said.

"Yung vision natin is engineering a first world Philippines so anything that’s good business pero nakatulong ka sa Pilipino, 'yun 'yung vision ng Megawide," he said.

(Our vision is engineering a first world Philippines so anything that's good business but also helps the Filipino, that's Megawide's vision.)

Facilities inside the PITX. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Facilities inside the PITX. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Facilities inside the PITX. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Facilities inside the PITX. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Facilities inside the PITX. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Facilities inside the PITX. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Facilities inside the PITX. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Facilities inside the PITX. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Facilities inside the PITX. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Facilities inside the PITX. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Facilities inside the PITX. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Facilities inside the PITX. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Facilities inside the PITX. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Facilities inside the PITX. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Facilities inside the PITX. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News