Pasig River ferry service resumes operation for frontline workers

Marje Pelayo   •   August 12, 2020   •   186

MANILA, Philippines — Pasig City has resumed its river ferry service in routes within the city.

The effort aims to assist in the transport of healthcare workers and government frontline service providers to their places of work. 

Strict health and safety protocols are still enforced in the facility which include limited trips and passenger seating capacity. 

Physical distancing and the ‘no mask, no entry’ policies are strictly imposed at the station and inside the ferry. 

As required by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases, only passengers aged 21 to 59 years old are allowed in the ferry. 

To check trip schedules, visit Pasig City PIO’s official Facebook page.

Magandang balita para sa mga healthcare workers at government frontline service providers! Ngayong MECQ ay binuksang…

Posted by Pasig City Public Information Office on Monday, 10 August 2020

Pasig City reports one victim of stray bullet, seizes P700k worth of firecrackers

Marje Pelayo   •   January 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Mayor Vico Sotto reported on Monday (January 4) that Pasig City was able to confiscate more than P700,000-worth of firecrackers and related items from the New Year’s Eve revelry.

Sotto added that based on their tally, only three individuals sustained firecracker-related injuries, the lowest number so far in the city’s history.

He, however, reported one stray bullet injury.

The Mayor said the Philippine National Police (PNP) believes the that the bullet may have come from somewhere in Pinagbuhatan in Pasig, Taytay or Cainta, based on its trajectory.

The victims are now confined at the Pasig City General Hospital.

In December, Metro Manila mayors agreed to impose a complete firecracker ban in welcoming the New Year.

READ: PNP confirms firecracker ban in NCR, warns violators

Despite the total ban, there are still reports of firecracker-related injuries in several areas of the region.

Given the results, Mayor Sotto suggests that the government should keep a close watch on the supply of firecrackers to minimize, if not to fully end, the risks of firecrackers to the safety and health of the people.

“Sa susunod na Bagong Taon, mas kailangan tutukan ang SUPPLY. Kung gusto talaga natin na walang firecrackers nationwide o kahit metro manila, kailangan wala ring mabibili ang mga tao. Maraming nahuli kagabi, pero ang totoo mahirap makipaghabulan,” he said.

MMDA announces Pasig River Ferry service schedule this holiday season

Marje Pelayo   •   December 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Thursday (December 24) the schedule of operations of the Pasig River Ferry Service (PRFS) in the coming days in view of the holidays.

Here is the adjusted schedule of operations of the ferry service:

  • December 25, 2020 – No operation
  • December 26, 2020 – Resumption of Operation
  • December 31, 2020 – No Operation
  • January 1, 2021 – No Operation
  • January 2, 2021 – Resumption of Normal Operation

The Pasig River Ferry System operates from Pinagbuhatan in Pasig City to Intramuros in Manila with selected stations open for passengers including Pinagbuhatan and San Joaquin in Pasig City; Guadalupe in Makati City; Hulo in Mandaluyong City; and Lambingan, Sta. Ana, Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), Escolta and Lawton in Manila.

Pasig City exempts bikers from wearing face shields

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Pasig City government has exempted bikers travelling in the city from wearing face shields.

In a post, Pasig Transport said they have consulted with experts who said bikers wearing face shields face risk since it would obstruct views and would make breathing difficult.

Bikers are exempted from wearing face shield while biking in Pasig.Evidence shows and consultation among bikers reveals that biking while wearing a face shield is dangerous.

Posted by Pasig Transport on Friday, December 18, 2020

“Evidence shows and consultation among bikers reveals that biking while wearing a face shield is dangerous,” the post reads.

The Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) announced that everyone, including bikers and runners, will be required to wear face masks and face shields at all times in public areas. This is to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). AAC

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