The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is taking the first step in fully realizing the proposed Integrated Terminal System composed of three terminals, one serving passengers from Northern Luzon and two from the Southern part of Luzon – one serving passengers from Laguna and the other from Cavite, by choosing the winning bidder to start construction of the Southwest Terminal.

MWM Terminals, a partnership between Megawide and WM Property Management Inc., has secured the P3.27-billion contract to design, construct and manage the 2.9-hectare Integrated Transport System (ITS)–Southwest Terminal that will be located along the Manila-Cavite Expressway in Parañaque City.

It is meant to facilitate the transfer of passengers from provincial public utility vehicles (PUVs) to PUVs that will bring them into Metro Manila.

Based on the agreement signed, MWM Terminals must complete within 18 months or by June 2017, manage the terminal for 35 years and it should include a mall and business spaces that will make that wait for passengers inside the terminal more pleasant and convenient.

“We are proud to once again partner with DOTC on such a landmark project. With the Southwest Terminal, we are able to facilitate the faster and more efficient flow of traffic carrying people and goods to and from Metro Manila. It will benefit thousands of commuters daily. Our infrastructure is finally catching up to our growing economy,” said Louie Ferrer, representative of MWM Terminals.

The ITS–Southwest Terminal will be patterned after terminals in leading countries in order to keep us at par with current standards and will include a passenger terminal building, arrival and departure bays, public information systems, ticketing and baggage handling facilities and park-ride facilities.