MANILA-- Ferry services along the Pasig River, an alternative mode of transport that would help reduce traffic congestion in the metropolis, could re-start within three months, said newly-appointed Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) Executive Director Jose Antonio Goitia on Tuesday.
In a press conference held at Sulo Hotel, Goitia said PRRC's new management is getting support from several partners.
"We are very keen on re-starting the ferry services along the Pasig River, which has stopped indefinitely due to lack of boats," he said.
The ferry service, once operational, could reduce traffic congestion by around 40 percent, Goitia added.
Both PRRC and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) are holding talks about returning the ferry operations, including serviceable assets, back to PRRC.
"I have discussed this matter with MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim when I paid him a visit to express my support to his leadership of the MMDA, and he said he will thoroughly study matter. I explained to him only the previous executive director signed the MOA (memorandum of agreement) transferring the PRRC assets without the approval of the commission," Goitia said.
Before the Pasig River ferry system operation was stopped, 11 ferry terminals operated along the river -- Plaza Mexico in the mouth of Manila Bay, Escolta, Lawton, PUP, Sta. Ana, Lambingan, Valenzuela, Hulo, Guadalupe, San Joaquin, and Pinagbuhatan at the edge of Laguna Lake.
"The Pasig River Ferry Service system, which we aim to modernize, will make this water artery a significant hub of transport, recitation, and tourism," he said.
The PRRC is the lead government agency which takes charge of the transformation and restoration of Pasig River's water quality to class C level.
Source: Philippine News Agency