THE Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) started rehabilitating the terminal facilities to be used in April for the Pasig River Ferry system.
Engineer Emma Quiambao, director of the MMDA’s Sewerage Management Office (SMO), said they are rushing the rehabilitation of the five terminals to avoid delays on the commencement of the ferry operations.
“We have started the rehabilitation because some of the ferry terminals have already deteriorated and were abandoned after its operations stopped,” Quiambao said in MMDA’s weekly radio program.
Among the five terminals to be opened in April are Pinagbuhatan in Pasig, Guadalupe in Makati, Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Santa Mesa and Plaza Mexico (behind the Bureau of Immigration) and Escolta in Manila City.
Apart from rehabilitating the terminals, she added that the MMDA has also started dredging Pasig river near the terminals.
She said 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 has expressed confidence that the Pasig ferry system would be patronized by commuters as this is the best alternative to avoid heavy traffic with the ongoing construction of the government’s road projects. An online news service undertook an informal survey, which found the public openly welcoming the ferry and other modes of transportation that could get them to their destination fast, regardless of cost.