DOTr sees 2020 completion for rehab of Pasig River Ferry stations
The Department of Transportation is eyeing to complete the development of the Pasig River Ferry stations by mid-2020.
“I am very pleased that the Pasig River Ferry Terminal development project will now push through, thanks to the efforts of the Philippine Ports Authority and the local government of Manila,” said Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade during the launch of the project in Santa Ana, Manila, on Wednesday.
The project, a joint initiative of DOTr and PPA, aims to rehabilitate the current Pasig River Ferry stations.
The two agencies intend to start the rehabilitation works soon and add four more stations in the future.
DOTr Undersecretary for Maritime Fernando Juan Perez said the rehabilitation of the stations would encourage the public to use the major waterway as a means to ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila.
“Every day, almost a thousand Filipinos, particularly those who are part of the working class, primarily depend on the transportation offered by ferries here in Sta. Ana. We believe that this project is very important and timely, since the DOTr is currently making ways to efficiently use our inland waters as a means of transportation to ease congestion on our roads,” Perez said.
The two agencies are looking to establish an interprovincial transportation system from Metro Manila to Cavite, Rizal, Laguna, and Bataan using the Pasig River.
At present, ferries transport commuters across the Pasig River from one station to another in less than a minute and 30 seconds for four pesos.
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