Previously, Governor Boying Remulla of Cavite wrote a statement addressed to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) regarding the operations of the Parañaque Integrated Exchange Terminal. In response, the DOTr posted their statement addressing the governor’s suggestions to alleviate the plight of Cavite commuters and to improve the operations of PITX.
The DOTr responded to the governor’s proposals by citing Directive Orders (DO) and Memorandums that have already been implemented. However, the institution did not state any clear solutions to the emphasized issues the commuters are currently facing.
In his first point, Governor Remulla proposed that the DOTr permit public utility vehicles (PUVs) to enter Metro Manila until their terminal pick-up points. The DOTr countered that a directive order (DO) exists to convert provincial buses into city operational buses and implementing the governor’s suggestion would render the DO null and void.
For Governor Remulla’s second suggestion, the DOTr replied that the LTFRB issued a memorandum that all PUVs coming from the southwest provinces of Metro Manila shall terminate at PITX. Bus operators who oppose the memorandum are using alternate routes to enter Metro Manila. The DOTr added that they will open new routes to address the issue and also allow UV express units to temporarily use the routes for them to have a legalized franchise.
The DOTr also informed the governor and the public that the MMDA And the Philippine Coast Guard have deployed 2 buses and 3 buses respectively to shuttle passengers to and from PITX for free. They have also issued a memorandum issuing 6 buses to implement free bus rides for PITX.
The agency also noted that the LRT Cavite will begin full construction this 2019 and it will be connected directly to PITX. They added that if only the PUVs followed the DOs and memorandums they have issued, the number of PUVs transporting people will be sufficient.
Headed by the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (i-ACT), the DOTr formed “Task Force PITX” to require public buses to utilize the PITX. They have also directed LTFRB to open new PUV routes to address the lack of PUVs to and from Cavite.
Read the DOTr’s full statement below: