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