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November 2, 2015

One Day (November 6) Free Pasig River Ferry Ride For The Public Highlights MMDA’s 40th Anniversary Celebration

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will offer free boat rides to the public at the Pasig River Ferry service on November 6, Friday, to mark its 40th founding anniversary this month.

The free ferry boat rides will start around 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., accommodating commuters in its 11 stations – from Barangay Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City up to Escolta in Manila.

MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos said the free boat rides is one way of giving back to the public for its support to the ferry service since the revival of its operation by the agency last year.

“This will also attract more commuters to patronize the ferry boat service along the historical Pasig River, especially with current concerns about vehicular traffic along EDSA. The ferry boat service is a convenient and fast alternative mode of transport for those going to Manila City from eastern Metro Manila,” Carlos said.

Aside from the free boat rides, the MMDA will also launch two new units of ferry boats in the afternoon, bringing to a total of 11 units now plying the stretch of the river.

Ferry boats will be arriving at the stations to pick up and unload passengers every 30 minutes.
Activities of MMDA’s five-day long anniversary celebration, with the theme “LIFE Beyond 40,” will begin with a fun run on November 3 in and around Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati where the agency’s office building is situated.

On November 4, movie buffs and fanatics will be treated to a free, all-day film showing at the agency’s theater. The marathon film showing will feature award-winning movies of the Metro Manila Film Fest.

The celebration will culminate with the morning parade and review on November 7 by different MMDA operating units at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila where personnel will showcase their respective offices’ equipment and specialized vehicles.

Metro Manila chief executives and former MMDA chairpersons, including former First Lady Imelda Marcos, are expected to grace the event that will start around 7 a.m.

 

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