Gov’t earmarks P2B for Pasig River ferry system revival


The national government has set aside P2 billion for the revival of the the Pasig River ferry system amid the worsening traffic congestion in Metro Manila’s roads.

The allocation for the ferry system’s revival is included in the propsed P3.757-trillion national budget for 2019.

Makati City Rep. Luis Campos Jr. said the budget will be spent on building 17 new stations along the 25-kilometer river in the cities of Manila, Mandaluyong, Makati, Taguig, Pasig and Marikina.

The Pasig River ferry system is envisioned to have 24 air-conditioned boats with 50 seats each moving through 29 terminals in 15-minute interval.

An estimated 76,000 commuters are expected to benefit from the ferry service once it becomes fully operational.

The Metro Manila Development Authority has been running an improvised ferry service along Pasig River but the boats have a limited capacity.