What was previously perceived as hope for frequent travelers coming from and going to Cavite has turned out to be a nightmare.
Many Caviteño commuters who regularly travel to different parts of Metro Manila have expressed their dismay on the inconvenience brought by Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) which opened November of last year.
One of the pressing issues that upset the passengers is the additional travel time it takes for buses to accommodate the route that includes a brief stop-over at PITX. The new route was a directive from Department Order 2018-25 which requires provincial buses to end their trips at the terminal.
Cavite governor Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla wrote an appeal to the Department of Transportation on Friday to implement temporary actions while the newly opened PITX becomes fully realized.
Remulla sympathizes with Caviteño commuters through a post on his Facebook page yesterday saying, “Ramdam ko ang hirap at naririnig ko ang daing ng bawat Kabitenyo. Ginagawa namin ang lahat upang mapadali ang inyong araw-araw na byahe.”
On the letter he shared on Facebook, Remulla acknowledged the intention of PITX to ease the current traffic condition in Metro Manila and its neighboring provinces.
“The Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) is a positive development towards solving the traffic problem. However, considering that the PITX has just opened and is not yet fully operational, we believe that there are measures that may be implemented for the convenience of a greater number of commuters, especially to those coming from and going to our province,” stated Remulla through the request letter addressed to DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade.
While both commuters and PITX adjust to find its harmony, Remulla proposed temporary actions that include:
- Permitting all public utility buses to enter Metro Manila up to the terminal point for dropping off and picking up of passengers;
- To require all public utility vehicles bound for Cavite to pick up passenger only at PITX;
- To provide shuttle services from different points of Metro Manila (especially the central business districts) to PITX;
- To link PITX, through shuttle services, to the city train systems such as Light Rail Transit (LRT), Manila Rail Transit (MRT) and Philippine National Transit (PNR).
The Facebook post affirmed the distress of daily commuters who experience the worsening traffic condition in the area.
Located along Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard, PITX was established to aid an average of 100,000 passengers per day. It is also planned to be connected to LRT-1 Cavite extension.