Pact to rid Pasig River of obstructions reached

December 10, 2019
Isko Moreno
Mayor Isko Moreno with DoTr Sec. Artur Tugade during a visit at the Pasig River. Photo by Jerry S. Tan

AN agreement to remove all kinds of obstruction at the Pasig River such as barges and ships that had been dormant in the area and informal settlers had been reached as part of efforts toward its rehabilitation.

The said agreement was reached during a meeting among Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant Admiral Joel Garcia, Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) OIC Administrator Vice Admiral Narciso Vingson Jr, Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago and Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Danilo Lim.

In this light, memorandum order no. 1011 was issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to effect the cleanup of trash and obstruction while the PCG said it will issue a memo disallowing double berthing in the said river.

For his part, Moreno wrote the owners of said barges and illegal structures, ordering them to leave the Pasig River in the vicinity of which, it was learned, there are 14 illegal structures. He warned with  appropriate action those who will not comply.

The said officials jointly visited the Pasig River Delpan Bridge up to McArthur Bridge going to the Manila Bay where they saw barges, some of which are worn out and no longer working, turning the river into a terminal.

Before this, the MMDA revived the Pasig River Ferry Service as a solution to heavy traffic in Metro Manila, where free rides will be offered to the public up to January 31.

There will be 15 stations including ones in Escolta, Lawton, PUP-Sta. Mesa, Sta. Ana and Lambingan in Manila; Valenzuela and Guadalupe in Makati, Hulo in Mandaluyong and Maybunga, San Joaquin and Pinagbuhatan in Pasig. Three ferry stations will also be opened—one in Quinta Market in Manila, Circuit Makati in Makati and Kalawaan in Pasig.