The partial resumption of the operations of the Pasig River Ferry Service (PRFS) will start on Monday, with passengers getting free rides.
“We are pleased to announce that everything is set for the partial resumption of the PRFS but only half of its capacity, inclusive of ferry boat crew. Also, we will continue to provide free rides for the ferry passengers,” Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Danilo Lim said in a news release issued on Friday.
Ferry stations that will initially operate on Monday are those in Pinagbuhatan, San Joaquin, Guadalupe, Valenzuela, Lawton, and Escolta.
The service will operate Mondays to Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. but at half of the capacity, based on IATF guidelines.
In preparation for the resumption of PRFS operations, all ferry stations and ferry boats, including docking and maintenance facilities, have undergone mandatory disinfection.
Floor markings, stickers, and posters were placed at the ferry station to guide the passengers in observing physical distancing.
Moreover, according to Frisco San Juan Jr., MMDA deputy chairman and ferry service head, the PRFS committee has set standard operating procedures to further guide the passengers.
The PRFS serves as an alternative mode of transportation for residents of Metro Manila.
Its operations were suspended on March 17, following the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine over the entire Luzon amid the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).