Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada backed the plan of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) to revive the Pasig River ferry service.
If the project pushes through, the mayor said a ferry terminal should be set up in Quiapo.
The mayor met PPA General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago to discuss the setting up of ferry terminals in major areas in Manila, including one in front of the renovated P90-million Quinta Market on Carlos Palanca Street.
“That is a good project. We will support it all the way,” Estrada said, pointing out that the ferry service will cut travel time to and from Manila.
Estrada earlier appropriated funds for the construction of a port along Pasig River at the back of Quinta Market to accommodate fish buyers using the river as their route. Santiago however offered to undertake the construction of the port and ferry station.
He said the ferry service and the Quinta port will decongest Quezon Boulevardt.
“We expect traffic volume to lessen along Quezon Boulevard when the Quinta ferry port becomes fully operational. Black Nazarene devotees coming from all over Metro Manila will also be able to reach Quiapo in lesser time,” he added.
The ferry service is also expected to boost trade at Quinta Market, providing easy access to fish traders and consumers from Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
Santiago told Estrada that the agency is ready to finance the revival of the Pasig River ferry service.
The planned ferry service will also link up with Light Rail Transit 1 (LRT-1) stations in the city for faster and hassle-free travel.
The ferry service in Pasig River is being managed by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority. It has 14 stations including Pinagbuhatan, Maybunga and San Joaquin in Pasig City, Guadalupe and Valenzuela in Makati City, Hulo in Mandaluyong and PUP Sta. Mesa, Santa Ana, Lambingan, Lawton, Escolta and Plaza Mexico in Manila.