Lawton Plaza was named after General Henry Ware Lawton. General Lawton was the highest ranking American official killed in the Philippine-American War. He was shot by a Filipino sharpshooter at the Battle of Paye in December 19, 1899.
Lawton Plaza was officially changed to Liwasang Bonifacio (after Philippine hero, Andres Bonifacio) in the 1970s. However, people have been so used to calling this place Plaza Lawton that the old name is still commonly used to this day.
Today, Lawton is known to be one of the busiest districts in Manila. It is home to various public transport hubs plying to different places and provinces around Metro Manila. These public transport terminals include Park ‘N Ride, Light Rail Transit Central Terminal, Manila Multimodal Terminal and Pasig Ferry Lawton Terminal.
These terminals are always filled with long lines of people, mostly students and office workers during afternoon rush hour. Alongside the exhaustion that the passengers are trying to bear, they also have to deal with heat because of poor ventilation in these terminals. Other than that, safety can be a problem in this area. There is a lack of police visibility and people, especially students who are in a hurry to go home, can be very prone to snatching.
It is recommended that the officials make these Lawton terminals a safer and comfortable area for everyone who is traveling to or from their homes. Keep the area clear from potential snatchers or holdapers by making police power visible. Plus, provide better seats or waiting area for those who are waiting for their rides. Keep the waiting area properly ventilated. Also, it is better to strengthen the regulation of the terminal vehicles such as the vans, buses, jeeps and the ferries to keep causing too much traffic on its pathways.
Lawton remains an important area in the city. It’s like this portal that will bring you to your desired destination. We don’t want that portal to close in any way. Why don’t we take care of it and keep it very much alive?