MMDA suspends Pasig River Ferry operations » Manila Bulletin News



By Anna Liza Villas-Alavaren

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has suspended the Pasig River Ferry System “until further notice” due to the volume of water lilies that clog the river from Pinagbuhatan in Pasig City to Lawton in Manila.

Ferry boats dock in Pasig River in Sta. Mesa, Manila. The Philippine ship agents association is keen on helping to revive the Pasig River Ferry service to help ease the traffic in Metro Manila. (Ali Vicoy | Manila Bulletin)

The MMDA decided to temporarily stop the ferry operation because of navigability constraints along Pasig River which was almost entirely covered by water hyacinth and other floating garbage.

When this happened, propellers had to be elevated so that tangled water lilies and even pieces of trash could be removed.

The agency now has a total of 16 operational ferries in its fleet that services passengers along Pasig River, from Pinagbuhatan in Pasig City up to Plaza Mexico in Manila.

As the plant multiplies rapidly, it depletes entire water reservoirs, damages fishing activities, and reduces biodiversity. It also holds vectors, or disease-carrying organisms, and hinders water transport.

Aside from Pasig River, among the country’s hyacinth-infested waterways are the Liguasan Marsh in Central Mindanao, and Laguna de Bay.

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