The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has started rehabilitating the terminal facilities that will be used once the Pasig River Ferry system reopens in April.
Emma Quiambao, director of the MMDA’s Sewerage Management Office (SMO), said some of the terminals “have already deteriorated and neglected after its operations stopped.”
The terminals are in Pinagbuhatan in Pasig City, Guadalupe in Makati City, Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Sta. Mesa, and Plaza Mexico and Escolta in Manila.
Quiambao said the MMDA has also started dredging the river near the terminals.
The agency has also coordinated with the power and water utility firms to bring back the supply of electricity and water in the terminals.
Quiambao is confident the ferry will be patronized by the commuting public because it is the best way to avoid heavy traffic in Metro Manila due to the government’s numerous road projects.
So far, four private companies are interested to operate the ferry.
A committee consisting of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) and MMDA has been formed to conduct the bidding for the ferry and to come up with a fare matrix, among others.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO