The Pasig River Ferry System Has a New Boat and You May Actually Want to Ride It

Target date for operation is December 1.

( Nothing's more painful than not getting the attention you deserve—and before you start feeling attacked, allow us to clarify that we're talking about the Pasig River Ferry System. The river has been used for transport since pre-colonial times and yet centuries later, we're yet to utilize it as a major commuting thoroughfare. But a new boat might just be the signal we need to finally get things moving!

PHOTO BY Gadget Addict

A 57-seater boat, named "Mutya ng Pasig 1" is being tested by the Pasig City administration together with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority; much bigger compared to the usual 15-seaters we've seen in the past. Target date for this boat's operation is December 1. 

Video Creator Gadget Addict posted a video of the new boat floating along Pasig River in what looks to be a trial run. The boat has its own bathroom, and though it's not air-conditioned, there are several fans and windows to help keep passengers cool. There are also life vests available and CCTV cameras installed all around. Plus, based on the video, this new boat is proudly Philippine made.

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As of now, the ferry services 11 stations; from Pinagbuhatan in Pasig City all the way to Escolta, Manila. "If everything goes well with the MMDA and the river ferry runs smoothly, we're willing to buy more. We really need to invest in the river ferry," said Vico Sotto, Pasig City mayor, in the video. "This will really help with traffic congestion and mobility of our citizens."

According to the mayor, the new boats were actually procured by the previous administration. It won't all be smooth sailing yet with some obstacles still to be faced, such as the over-abundance of water lilies in the river. But we've got our fingers crossed that the ferry system continues to push forward!

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