Just nine months after revealing that the Southwest Terminal was set to begin construction June this year, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) announces yet another terminal in the south of Metro Manila that will also break ground this year.

Part of the Integrated Terminal System, the 5.7-hectare South Terminal located in the FTI compound along the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), is set to start construction in September 2016 as a Private-Public Partnership (PPP) project.

"With the South ITS connecting different modes of transportation and services, we can guarantee the public more efficient and seamless transfers. It will also improve traffic flow and reduce congestion in Metro Manila, as it will serve as a transfer point for provincial buses entering the metropolis," said DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya.

The DOTC has also announced that it has awarded a 35-year Concession Agreement to Arca South Integrated Terminal, Inc., which is fully owned by Ayala Land, Inc., which has revealed plans of transforming the area into the next Bonifacio Global City.

South Terminal, once fully operational, is expected to be the end-point for over 2,000 provincial buses as passengers transfer to other modes of transportation that will take them into the metropolis.

Currently, provincial buses ply through major thoroughfares in Metro Manila such as EDSA and C5 to ferry passengers to and from their respective terminals located mostly along EDSA which adds unnecessary road congestion. This new system aims to decongest traffic in Metro Manila by keeping provincial buses outside of the metropolis limits.

The South Terminal will also be connected to the North-South Railway Project.