What’s that smell? Pasig River Ferry passengers are put off by foul odor

Many people have likewise called the return of the ferry service as "lackluster."

 

As early as last month, the  Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced that rides would be free in the first week of the reopening of the Pasig River Ferry. They said there would be free coffee too.

 

While there were a number of passengers who rode the Pasig River Ferry on Monday, April 28, many of them complained about the "stink" of the Pasig River.

 

The Manila Times’ Ritchie A. Horario reports that "Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) president Gina Lopez admitted that the river is ’stinky’ and that its water is ’glassy.’" She quipped, "After three years, imagine, we just spent P5 billion in that river. It’s still dirty."

 

By "we," Lopez means the Department of Natural Resources (DENR), back when Lito Atienza, the department secretary at the time, tapped the Belgian firm Baggerwerken Decdloedt en Zoon (BDC) to clean up the river.

 

This is why, as the report noted, "the PRRC will soon start the rehabilitation of at least 16 Metro Manila esteros that directly flow into the Pasig River." Lopez said, " If we don't clean the esteros, nothing's gonna happen."

 

It’s worth noting that the Pasig River was not always in such a bad state. Read Nick Joaquin’s "A Manila Girl and the Empire Days " to get an idea of just how grand it was before it got "stinky."

 

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