It has been over a month since the inauguration of the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange, envisioned to instill a semblance of order in the way Filipinos going to and from areas adjacent to the south of the metro travel to schools and workplaces.
The PITX was also established to limit the number of provincial buses in Metro Manila to ease the congestion on Edsa.
Unfortunately, the past month has been characterized by reports of inefficiency and inconvenience, such that the people supposed to benefit from the new structure find themselves suffering more in terms of additional travel time and unavailability of travel options.
Many find themselves still waiting for vehicles in the late hours. The already-difficult daily commute has become even more punishing.
Now the Department of Transportation and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board are saying they will review the operations of the terminal.
Why only now?
We do not doubt that the PITX was established with good intentions. But it is not a solution descending from heaven. It will not magically eradicate the problems existing before and automatically institute a seamless, organized way from people to get from one place to another.
To overlook or ignore that certain routines and practices have been existing before is to be grossly naive. At the outset, there should have been consultations to find out what people were actually doing, and what improvements would make their experience better.
It’s bad enough that things are not changing. It is doubly worse if the situation would deteriorate.
That all this is happening in December, during the buildup to the holiday season, does not help commuters one bit. An orderly, transparent transport hub is still possible, if sound planning, common sense and just a bit of hard work accompanied its establishment.
Without these, the PITX would just be another expensive, useless, senseless edifice.