Erap wants private sector to handle Pasig River Ferry

By Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 19 2014 04:50 PM | Updated as of Mar 20 2014 12:50 AM

SAN JUAN CITY - Manila Mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada fully supports the revival of the Pasig River Ferry but doubts that the enterprise can be handled by local government units.

Estrada said he supports the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) proposal since the river ferry system is an effective means of transportation.

However, he said the business of managing a river ferry system should be left to the private sector.

"Yung dati kasi government din may hawak nun. Tingnan mo, walang nangyari," the former President and now Manila mayor said.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said they will discuss with Metro Manila mayors the possibility of leaving to local government units the business of running the ferry system, by managing the terminals in their respective localities.

Lying on the banks of Pasig River are the cities of Pasig, Makati, Mandaluyong, San Juan and Manila.

Tolentino explained that it will be easier for the local government unit to manage the terminal since it is already in place in their communities.

"Tulad sa New York River Ferry, government ng New York ang nagma-manage nun," he said.

Estrada, however, pointed to the river ferry system of Hong Kong, which is being managed by private company Star.

"Pwede namang PPP, government-private sector partnership," he said.

He also said a ferry system can be handled more efficiently by a private company, instead of a local government unit.