November 6, 2016
iACT Conducts Inspection of Integrated Transport System Sites, Pasig River Ferry
Upon the directive of Secretary Arthur Tugade, the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (iACT) yesterday conducted an ocular inspection of the sites of the future Integrated Transport System (ITS) on various parts of Metro Manila.
The group, composed of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Officer-in-Charge Thomas Orbos, Undersecretary Anneli Lontoc, Assistant Secretary Mark De Leon of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Chairman Martin Delgra of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and representatives from the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) and Philippine Ports Authority, visited the site of the permanent Southwest Provincial Terminal along coastal Road in Parañaque City which is now being constructed by Megawide Construction Corporation.
“The representatives of Megawide committed to finish the terminal in eighteen months,” Orbos said.
The iACT members also went to FTI Complex, site of the future South Terminal, which is to be constructed by Ayala Land, Inc.
According to Orbos, the purpose of the on-site inspection and meeting with the contractors is to ensure the viability and accessibility of the project locations and reiterate the requirement of the governments for the said terminals.
“These terminals must be constructed within two years maximum so as to provide convenience and comfort to the commuting public, and at the same time help in traffic decongestion,” Orbos said.
The South Terminal would house buses and passengers from Laguna and Batangas and allow in-city public transport transfers such as city buses, taxis, and other public utility vehicles.
Meanwhile, the Southwest Provincial Terminal would connect passengers coming from Cavite to other urban transport systems.
The ITS project is intended to improve traffic flow through vehicular volume reduction along Metro Manila’s major thoroughfares by eliminating provincial bus traffic on designated points.
They also rode the Pasig River Ferry, which the government is promoting as an alternative mode of transportation. "We see a lot of potentials for the ferry system. We will submit our findings and recommendations to Secretary Tugade next week," Orbos said.
“iACT is continuously searching for doable solutions to address the traffic problem in Metro Manila,” Lontoc said.