MANILA- Two new ferries will soon be offered to commuters as part of efforts to revive the Pasig River ferry system.
The ferry boats, MV Mutya ng Pasig 1 and MV Mutya ng Pasig 2 can accommodate up to 57 passengers and are expected to be operational next month, Pasig City Traffic and Parking Management Office head Bryan Wong told ABS-CBN News on Thursday.
“Kami naman natutuwa for that it will decongest Pinagbuhatan going to Escolta so imbes na mag-jeep, mapapabilis yung biyahe nila,” Wong said.
(We're happy because it will help decongest the road from Pinagbuhatan going to Escolta. Instead of riding a jeepney, their commute can be shorter.)
The boats cost P15 million each and were bought by the previous city administration, he added.
The Pasig City government was initially looking at a partnership with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to take charge of the operation and maintenance of the ferries.
While trip schedules have yet to be finalized, Wong assured the riding public that initial trips would be free.
Pasig City is also in talks with the MMDA to rehabilitate terminals in Pinagbuhatan, Maybunga, and other areas in the city. Terminals may also be put up along boundaries of San Juan, Marikina, and Makati, Wong said.