MAKATI CITY, 25 April (PIA) - The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will formally reopen the Pasig River ferry system on Monday, April 28 at the Guadalupe terminal in Makati City.
According to MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, at least two private operators will start their operation with five boats to run on three routes: Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City to Guadalupe, Makati City; Guadalupe to Escolta in Manila; and from Guadalupe to Plaza Mexico via PUP in Sta. Mesa, Manila.
Tolentino also said that the ferry service will operate for free for one week, from 6:00AM to 7:00PM starting Monday. Passengers will also be provided with free coffee.
The MMDA chief proposed the revival of the Pasig River system to help decongest major roads in Metro Manila affected by 15 road construction projects being implemented in the next two years, including the Skyway Stage 3.
The river ferry system also aims to boost tourism in Metro Manila and for disaster and rescue purposes.
This alternative mode of transportation is in partnership with the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC). (MMDA/RJB/JEG/PIA-NCR)