By Jel Santos
A new ferry boat was donated to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for its Pasig River Ferry Service (PRFS) on Friday afternoon (June 26).
At the turnover ceremony at the Guadalupe Station in Makati City, MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim signed a deed of donation with Philippine Ecological Systems Corporation (Phileco) Chairman Reghis Romero II.
The new ferry, according to Lim, is a big help in providing an alternative mode of transportation in the metropolis, especially during the community quarantine.
He thanked Phileco for its support to the MMDA.
PRFS is preparing to operate soon in a manner compliant with the physical distancing policy and other health protocols to ensure that the service will be safe for passengers, the MMDA chairman said.
“Once operational, our passengers would continue to enjoy the free rides,” Lim added.
Lim said the MMDA is mulling putting up additional stations in Marikina City and up to coastal towns within Laguna De Bay.
“We expect to receive more donations from different companies and, on the part of MMDA, procure additional boats to help ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila,” he said.
MMDA Deputy Chairman Frisco San Juan Jr., PRFS head, described the M/B Phileco as a 55-seater vessel.
“The new vessel will be used in transporting passengers and ferry tours in coordination with the Department of Tourism,” San Juan said, adding that PRFS targets to expand operations in Laguna De Bay.
For his part, Romero said their company is pleased to support the Office of the President and MMDA’s initiative to make Pasig River ferry an alternative mode of transportation amid traffic problems in Metro Manila.