• Integrated bus terminal OK next week


    THE improvements at the Southwest Integrated Provincial Terminal (SWIPT) in Pasay City will be completed next week, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Friday.

    MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said they are continuously addressing all legitimate concerns with regards to the operations of the bus terminal.

    He added that he already sat down with some bus operators at the MMDA office to discuss their grievances.

    “Everyone of us is adjusting that’s why we have to sit down and resolve the problems without resorting to mass actions, which is a violation of the bus companies’ certificate of public convenience,” Tolentino said.

    Among the improvements and adjustments to be completed at the terminal are the covered walkway from Roxas Boulevard/Coastal Road footbridge, walkway from SWIPT to the adjacent city bus terminal, taxi bay at the terminal exit along MIA Road, and widening of the SWIPT’s MIA Road exit towards Coastal Road to serve as exclusive lane for Cavite-bound buses.

    Apart from this, the MMDA is also set to complete geometric improvements inside the terminal for easy maneuvering of buses, installation of exhaust fans, drinking fountains, free movies, and occasional concerts.

    The MMDA chief said that more loading/unloading bays, construction of Terminal 2 near the staging area for buses plying Aguinaldo Highway, and separate dispatch system for air-conditioned and ordinary buses will also be completed.

    For faster turnaround of buses at the terminal, the MMDA said bus drivers will now be required to undergo fingerprint scanning only once per day, instead of every trip.

    Tolentino said this will address the long queues at SWIPT’s dispatch office where bus drivers have to secure a dispatch slip.

    “The faster they load passengers and leave the terminal, the more trips they will be making per day which means higher earnings for them,” he added.

    Tolentino also encouraged transport cooperatives to put up canteens or food stalls at the terminal for free.

    Several bus drivers in Cavite stopped plying to the SWIPT early this week to protest the lack of facilities at the terminal.


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