Commuters can avail themselves of free Pasig river ferry rides on Friday, the 40th founding anniversary of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
The free ferry boat rides will start at 8 a.m. The Pasig ferry has stations in Barangay Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City up to Escolta in Manila.
MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos said the free boat rides is one way of repaying the public for its support to the ferry service since the revival of its operation by the agency last year.
Boats pick up and unload passengers every 30 minutes.
“This will also attract more commuters to patronize the ferry boat service along the historical Pasig River, especially with current concerns about vehicular traffic along EDSA,” he said.
The MMDA will also launch two new boats in the afternoon, bringing to 11 the number of boats that will the stretch of the river.
The activities to mark the MMDA’s five-day long anniversary celebration, with the theme “LIFE Beyond 40,” will begin with a fun run on November 3 in and around Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati where the agency’s office building is situated.
On November 4, movie buffs will be treated to a free, all-day film showing at the agency’s theater. The marathon film showing will feature award-winning movies of the Metro Manila Film Fest.
The celebration will culminate with a morning parade and review on November 7 at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila.