Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Benhur Abalos opened on Tuesday, November 9, the new Kalawaan Station of the Pasig River Ferry Service (PRFS) as an alternative mode of transportation for commuters.
Abalos was joined at the event by Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto and Rep. Roman Romulo. He said the role of the ferry service is critical this time since public transportation in Metro Manila is not yet normal.
“The Pasig River Ferry Service is one of the solutions to the problems in public transportation,” said Abalos, adding that the ferry has been developed to provide a fast, smooth, reliable and affordable nautical transport system to help decongest road traffic in Metro Manila.
The addition of the Kalawaan Station, located at N. Cuevas Street, with entrance near the Kalawaan Bridge, Pasig City, brought the total number of ferry stations to 12. Two more stations — Quinta and Marikina – are also expected to be opened soon.
“We want to serve residents of San Mateo and other parts of Rizal. This will be our new gateway, not just to address traffic, but also keep intact the rich cultural heritage of the Pasig River,” said Abalos.
The PRFS serves an average of 300-440 passengers a day. Currently, the ferry service has a total of 17 ferry boats with nine operational. Rides are still free for the commuters.