MANILA – The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is set to construct a ferry terminal near Quiapo, alongside the ongoing P90-million renovation of the Quinta Market, in a bid to decongest the city’s center of commerce and worship.
“We expect traffic volume to lessen along Quezon Boulevard when the Quinta ferry port becomes fully operational,” Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada said in a statement Monday.
The local government expects the new port to boost trade at the Quinta Market as the new route is designed to provide fish traders with easier access to one of Manila’s busiest markets.
The local chief executive said the new water-transport system is also designed to cater to the devotees of the Black Nazarene who frequent the area to attend the novena mass at the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene every Friday.
“Black Nazarene devotees coming from all over Metro Manila will also be able to reach Quiapo in lesser time compared to taking the land route,” Estrada said.
The PPA is also looking at the possibility of linking the modern ferry stops with the Light Rail Transit 1 (LRT-1) stations in Manila.
The current operational ferry service along the Pasig River is being managed by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority but its ridership remains low.
It has 14 stations including Pinagbuhatan, Maybunga and San Joaquin in Pasig City, Guadalupe and Valenzuela in Makati City, Hulo in Mandaluyong and PUP Sta. Mesa, Sta. Ana, Lambingan, Lawton, Escolta and Plaza Mexico in Manila.