MANILA - Commuters can ride the Pasig River ferry system for free for another week, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Friday.
Ferry trips were supposed to be free only until today, marking the end of its first week of operations.
But MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the free trips will be extended for another week starting on Monday, May 5.
"Public acceptance of our Pasig River Ferry system is overwhelming. We are thankful that commuters now begin to realize the benefits of a fast and convenient transport system along Pasig River," Tolentino said.
Aside from free trips, passengers are also served with free bread and coffee at the terminals.
The ferry system, which formally re-opened on April 28 after being suspended for about 3 years, has attracted at least 5,000 commuters, with the Guadalupe, Makati to Escolta, Manila route as the widely-received river ferry route.
"In just a week, we have removed 5,000 commuters from land transport. This is a very big reduction in carbon footprint," the MMDA chief said.
The Pasig River ferry system serves Guadalupe, Makati; Pinagbuhatan, Pasig; and Escolta, Manila routes. Each passenger is insured for P250,000.
Tolentino said the MMDA will launch a new mobile application that will enable commuters to view the ferry schedule through their mobile phones by next week.