Pasig River Ferry

Pasig River Ferry
Pasig River Ferry | @rebirth.manila

The MMDA Pasig River Ferry Service is a water-based mass transit system operated by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA)which plies the length of the Pasig River and parts of the Marikina River.

It is the modern successor of several river ferries that have operated in the Pasig River since the Spanish period up until the early 21st century.

The ferry has multiple stops along its path making it more of a water bus or water taxi, as opposed to just ferrying people from only one point to another.

The ferry passes through the heart of Metro Manila, providing passengers a glimpse of the riverside cityscape of the metropolis, which includes important cultural landmarks and heritage treasures.

The Pasig River

The Pasig River is the main riverine waterway of Metro Manila. The river is the only outlet of Laguna de Bai (Lagana Lake) to Manila Bay. The Pasig River supported the growth of settlements along its banks fostering trade, agriculture, and commerce. It is an integral part of the development of Tagalog population centers in the Tagalog heartland and is an important contributor to the development of Manila.

Sadly, the advent of industrialization, urbanization, and the use of plastics have caused great harm to the river in the past 100 years. Destructive projects such as the planned Pasig River Expressway (PAREX), also pose a threat to the river’s existence.

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