By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
Two ferry boats that will soon transport commuters patronizing the Pasig River ferry system will be launched next month, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto said on Wednesday.
One of the two 57-seater ferry boats, named “M/B Mutya ng Pasig 1,” procured by the local government of Pasig City was recently tested on Pasig River, the main waterway that runs through several cities in the metropolis.
In a Facebook post, Sotto concurred with the idea of using ferry boats as public transport to ferry commuters in Metro Manila.
However, the mayor lamented that the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, the operator of the Pasig River Ferry Service, does not have enough boats to fully operate the ferry system.
According to Sotto, there are only around two ferry boats in operation.
“Dahil dito, at alinsunod din sa direktiba ni Pangulo Duterte, nakikipag-ugnayan ang Pamahalaan ng Pasig sa MMDA para sa pagpaplano at pagpapatakbo nito,” Sotto said Wednesday night.
If everything goes well, Sotto said the Pasig City government will procure more river ferry boats.
The Pasig River Ferry Service, which began its operation in 2007, cruises the stretch of Pasig River from Pasig City to Intramuros in Manila.
Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara recently urged the Duterte administration to provide commuters with an alternative mode of public transport in Metro Manila, such as the Pasig River ferry system.
According to Angara, 11 out of 14 ferry stations situated along Pasig River are operational.
The operational ferry stations are situated in Pinagbuhatan and San Joaquin in Pasig City; Guadalupe and Valenzuela in Makati City; Hulo in Mandaluyong City; and PUP Sta. Mesa, Sta. Ana, Lambingan, Lawton, Escolta, and Plaza Mexico in Manila.