The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is eyeing to complete the development of the Pasig River Ferry stations by mid- 2020.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr), together with the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and Manila 6th District Representative Sandy Ocampo, led the launching of the development project for the Pasig River Ferry Terminal in Punta, Sta. Ana, Manila yesterday, 10 April 2019.
Hailed as the “Bagong Tawiran ng Bayan,” the development of the Pasig River Ferry Terminal aims to rehabilitate the current “tawiran” stations where passengers take a ferry to cross the river.
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said the rehabilitation project aims to improve the facilities of the “tawiran” stations for a better commuting experience especially of longtime users.
“I am very pleased that the Pasig River Ferry Terminal development project will now push through, thanks to the efforts of the PPA and the Local Government of Manila. Tuloy na tuloy na po ito para sa ikagiginhawa ng ating mga kababayan,” Secretary Tugade expressed.
Currently, ‘bangkas’ transport commuters across the Pasig River from one station to another in just under one (1) minute and 30 seconds at a fare of PhP4.00.
DOTr Undersecretary for Maritime Fernando Juan Perez said the rehabilitation of “tawiran” stations is seen to encourage public use of this major waterway to help ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila.
“Every day, almost a thousand Filipinos, particularly those who are part of the working class of our country, primarily depend on the transportation offered by ‘bangkas’ here in Sta. Ana. We believe that this project is very important and timely, since the DOTr is currently making ways to efficiently use our inland waters as a means of transportation to ease up congestion on our roads,” Usec. Perez said.
Perez also added that the DOTr and PPA are looking to add more stations in the future to further utilize the Pasig River by providing an interprovincial transportation system from Metro Manila to Cavite, Rizal, Laguna, and Bataan.
The groundbreaking ceremony was graced by Usec. Perez, PPA PMO NCR South Port Manager Eligio Fortajada, PPA PMO NCR South Engineer Irma Bactol, and Rep. Ocampo.(DOTrPH)