MANILA – The Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX), the country’s first integrated and multi-modal terminal, will officially begin operations Saturday, the Department of Transportation said Friday. Starting at 4 a.m., all public utility buses routes not covered by Department Order (DO) No. 2018-025, including Batangas (Nasugbu, Calatagan & Balayan) and long-haul Cavite routes, shall terminate at PITX. LOOK: PITX, the Philippines’ first landport City buses with routes operating within the greater Metro Manila area are also required to pass by PITX to pick up passengers. Buses covered by the department order will still be able to enter and use PITX, but their routes will not terminate there. These buses will also be reclassified as city buses. Under the DO, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is directed to convert the franchises of said buses into city operations. “Ang tanging pinapaboran natin sa panukalang ito ay ang mga commuters,” OIC Undersecretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark De Leon said. [In this, we only favored commuters.] Airport-style Metro Manila terminal promises easier commute LTFRB is set to release a memorandum circular aligned with DO No. 2018-025 next week. An initial schedule of bus trips has been submitted to the LTFRB for review. DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said he also instructed the department to ensure that there will be no corruption while finalizing bus routes.