Pasig River ferry service open, however solely to front-liners


LIMITED RIDERSHIP Ferry boats plying Pasig River are again in operation however solely healthcare staff and authorities staff can come onboard. —NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

Regardless of Metro Manila being beneath modified enhanced group quarantine (MECQ), leading to a ban on all types of public transport, the Pasig River Ferry Service will stay open, however solely to serve healthcare staff and authorities staff.

The ferry service reopened for the primary time since March on Monday, a day earlier than President Duterte positioned the capital and close by provinces beneath MECQ after a plea for a two-week “time-out” from medical front-liners who had been feeling overwhelmed by the rising variety of new coronavirus illness instances.

As a substitute of suspending the ferry service, Metropolitan Manila Improvement Authority chair Danny Lim mentioned it might proceed to function “to (assist) healthcare staff and authorities staff of their transportation wants going to their respective workplaces.”

For now, the ferry service operations could be restricted to the next stations: Pinagbuhatan, San Joaquin, Guadalupe, Valenzuela, Lawton and Escolta. The boats would ply the next routes: Pinagbuhatan to Guadalupe, Guadalupe to Escolta and vice versa, and Guadalupe to San Joaquin and vice versa.

Riders want solely to current legitimate identification playing cards to avail of the free rides from Monday to Saturday, between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Solely these between 21 and 59 years outdated age could be allowed onboard however they need to put on masks and observe bodily distancing always. They’d even be requested to fill out a contact tracing sheet earlier than boarding. INQ

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