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Pasig River Ferry expands fleet 

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The Pasig River Ferry Service (PRFS) can now serve more passengers with the addition of a brand new 50-seater boat from the private sector, according to a report by Daily Tribune.

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chair Benhur Abalos personally received the ferry boat from New San Jose Builders Inc. (NJSBI), led by its chair, Jose Acuzar, in a turnover ceremony held yesterday at the Guadalupe Ferry Station.

“This is expected to augment the shortage of ferry boats for our day-to-day operations,” Abalos said.

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Acuzar said that the NJSBI is honored to be a part of the solution to alleviate heavy traffic.

In response, Acuzar noted that the Pasig River Ferry Service “is an effective alternative transportation that doesn’t just lessen the land vehicle volume but also promotes the beauty of the historic river.”

The PRFS has accommodated a total of 436,931 passengers from April 2014 to October 2019, which, as Abalos lamented, could have been higher if not for the recurrent problem on water hyacinths that oftentimes resulted to cancelled or limited trips.

“We assure the public that we will continue to improve the ferry service for a comfortable and safe riding experience of the public,” he stated.

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Abalos likewise bared the MMDA’s plans to double the number of ferry boats, shorten the waiting time of one hour to 30 mins to encourage more passengers, and open the Napindan dockyard in Taguig.

He is also eyeing to add more routes to the ferry service that will interconnect Manila Bay, Pasig River, and Laguna Lake.

MMDA deputy chair and concurrent PRFS head Undersecretary Frisco San Juan Jr., for his part, said that ferry service is set to reopen three existing ferry stations in Maybunga in Pasig City and Polytechnic University of the Philippines and Lambingan in Manila. Construction is also ongoing for three new stations in Quinta Market in Manila, Circuit Makati, and Kalawaan in Pasig.

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