QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Republic of the Philippines agency embracing the 17 cities of National Capital Region (NCR) – Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) – again extends its free ride at the Pasig River ferry system.
In an advisory released earlier today, the free ferry ride system is extended until Thursday, May 15, with still free coffee and pandesal (salt bread) for passengers.
The ferry ride that will cost you nothing will start picking up passengers at Pinagbuhatan-Guadalupe Station (vice versa), Guadalupe-Escolta station (vice versa) at Guadalupe-Plaza Mexico (Intramuros) and via PUP station (vice versa).
Launched last April 28th, the Pasig river ferry system serves as an alternative solution to Metro Manila’s congested traffic problems given the numerous construction projects on major Metro Manila roads. This strategy is one amongst the solutions implemented by the MMDA, not to mention the Articulated Bus in EDSA and the MRT-3 Express Train System, that will aid the commuters to arrive in their destination in time.
The Pasig River used to be the city’s important means of transport, lifeline and center of economic activity in Spanish Manila. However, due to negligence and industrial development, the said river has become very polluted and is considered dead by ecologists.
This alternative mode of transportation is in partnership with the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission. Each passenger is insured for P250,000.