Metro mayors okay Pasig River ferry

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METRO Manila mayors on Wednesday approved the reopening of the ferry system in Pasig River next month.

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During a meeting of the Metro Manila Council (MMC), the policy-making body of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), mayors expressed support to the ferry system saying that it will ease the traffic problems in the metropolis.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino proposed that they should maintain the ferry stations under their jurisdiction after Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada expressed interest in managing the ferry terminals.

Besides Estrada, also present during the MMC meeting were San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, Marikina Mayor Del de Guzman, Pateros Mayor Joey Medina, Pasig Mayor Maribel Eusebio, Navotas Mayor John Rex Tiangco, Malabon Mayor Len-len Oreta and representatives of other local government units.

The MMDA chief said the repair of some ferry stations will be completed by next week.
The ongoing rehabilitation of the terminals involved the dredging of shallow portions of the river and repainting of the pontoons.

The initial stations are Pinagbuhatan in Pasig City; Guadalupe in Makati City; Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Santa Mesa in Manila; Escolta in Binondo, Manila and
Plaza Mexico in Intramuros, Manila.

Tolentino said the ferries will operate from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Department of Transportation and Communications and the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission are yet to announce the fare rates.

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  1. Private bus operators must be encourage to establish a safe,comfortable means of transport using Pasig river to decongest Metro Manila’s roads.This will only happen if the businesses who gets the franchise are guaranteed a certain time to operate without getting overwhelm by too much competition as in the case where LTFRB issued too many franchise for jeepneys and buses that cloggs the roads but have to fight for passengers ergo the chaotic traffic situation as a result.The number of terminals must also be convenient so too the frequency of the said ferries.Using the dilapidated tug boats with a bus just stuck on top is a good recipe for a disaster.