The passenger ferry system along Pasig River is set to operate on April 28 (Monday) and offers free rides for the first week, said Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino.
Tolentino said the free rides of the Pasig ferry system, which will be operated by three private companies, will be for the five stations, to include: Pinagbuhatan in Pasig, Guadalupe in Makati, Sta. Mesa, Escolta and Plaza Mexico, all in Manila.
He also said that every terminal has MMDA personnel and will implement anti/littering and no smoking inside the terminal.
It added that the ferry has three routes from Pinagbuhatan in Pasig City to Guadalupe in Makati City, Guadalupe to Escolta in Manila, and Guadalupe to Plaza Mexico in Intramuros via PUP in Sta. Mesa, Manila.
The MMDA Chief said that ferry service will operate from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily with eight ferry boats initially.
In terms of the fare, he said this will range from P25 to P50.
Tolentino said the private companies have vast experience and background when it comes to shipping operations but did not divulge the names of the would-be operators.
The operators were chosen during a meeting of the Tripartite Committee which is composed of MMDA, Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC).
The MMDA chief said that the prototype bus-ferry which was used by the MMDA during the launch of the ferry service revival will only be used for towing commercial ferries in case there will be some glitches.
Tolentino proposed the revival of the Pasig River system as a means to decongest Metro Manila’s major roads affected by 15 road construction projects being implemented in the next two years, including the Skyway Stage 3.
It is also aimed to boost Metro Manila’s tourism and can be used for disaster and rescue purposes as well. PNA