MMDA EYES MORE BOATS, STATIONS FOR PASIG RIVER FERRY SYSTEM
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is planning to improve the Pasig River Ferry System (PRFS) to make it a viable alternative for commuters seeking to avert heavy traffic in the metropolis, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.
Under the agency’s five-year Regional Development Plan (RDP), the program aims to add more boats and stations to the ferry system.
It would also form a multi-agency commission to help establish the PRFS as another transport mode connecting Manila and Laguna de Bay by 2022.
Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte said the ferry system is one of his main programs to alleviate traffic in Metro Manila.
This prompted the Department of Budget and Management to unveil the Pasig River Convergence Program.
The MMDA’s regional development framework is essentially designed to transform Metro Manila into a highly competitive East Asian metropolis.
“This is a milestone activity for Metro Manila. We celebrate the completion of a regional development plan for NCR, our own contribution in support of the Philippine Development Plan of the current administration of our President,” said MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim, who serves as chairman of the RDC-NCR.
The RDP “identifies basic baseline and target indicators that will serve as basis for monitoring the planned implementation and consequently measure NCR’s contribution to making an inclusive, connected and a resilient metropolis in support of Ambisyon Natin 2024.”
Programs and projects under the 2017-2022 RDP are intended to address poverty alleviation, expand economic opportunities in industry and services through Trabaho at Negosyo, continuing free basic education and improvement of technical education, implement modern, seamless and effective transportation, ensure water security, protect lives and property from floods, among others.