The Pasig River ferry system should be added to the list of government projects for Chinese funding, Makati Rep. Luis Campos Jr. said on Sunday.
Campos suggested that the Department of Transportation (DOTr) should acquire its own ferry system along the river under the Pasig River Water Bus project.
“Since nobody from the private sector is prepared to establish a permanent ferry service, then the government itself, through the DOTr, should acquire and run the commuter boats,” he said.
The Pasig River ferry system, which extends to at least 25 kilometers, is seen to relieve the traffic situation in Metro Manila.
“While we are fighting motor vehicle traffic jams, we simply cannot ignore the fact that the Pasig River freeway is always there for us to harness as a means to efficiently convey commuters,” said Campos.
Currently, the Metro Manila Development Authority heads the supervision the ferry system’s operations. More ferry boats and better services are presumed to increase the number of passengers.
Campos earlier cited the country’s first roll-on roll-off (RORO) barge terminal in Tanza, Cavite that will pave the way for the off-the-road water transport of containers.
Once the Cavite Gateway Terminal (CGT) is up and running, barges and tugboats will use Manila Bay to move containers between the Port of Manila and Cavite special economic zone locators, thus resulting in 140,000 fewer trucks trips on city roads every year.
The CGT is a P1.5-billion joint project of the DOTr and International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI), operator of the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT).