Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade (2nd from left) and other officials cut the ceremonial ribbon during the launch of the Cavite - Manila Ferry Service at the Cavite City Port Ferry Terminal (CCPT) on Sunday (Dec. 8). (Photo courtesy of DOTr)
QUEZON CITY, Dec. 11 (PIA)--Commuters from Metro Manila going to Cavite can now reach their destination faster by water travel, as the Department of Transportation (DOTr), through the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), and with the help of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) formally launched the Cavite - Manila Ferry Service Sunday, December 8, 2019.
Beginning December 9, passengers may start using the ferry service from the Cavite City Port Terminal going to the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex in Pasay City, and to the Liwasang Bonifacio Terminal (Plaza Lawton) in Manila, and vice versa.
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade announced during the launch that the riding public will get to avail of the ferry service for free until January 9, 2019, in coordination with Shogun Ships Co. Inc. and Seaborne Shipping Company Inc.
Immediately following the launch, the ferry service kicked off its operations with an inaugural voyage from the Cavite City Port Terminal to the Liwasang Bonifacio Terminal (Lawton) in Manila.
Through the ferry service, travel time from Cavite City Port Terminal to Liwasang Bonifacio Terminal is estimated at 40 to 45 minutes. Meanwhile, travel time between the Cavite City Port Terminal and CCP, and vice versa, is around 15 minutes.
MV Island Sabtang from Shogun Ships Co. Inc. can accommodate 57 passengers, while MB Seaborne Mercury can accommodate 27 passengers.
Fares for both rides are still under negotiation, as Tugade continues to push for lower prices.
The Cavite - Manila Ferry Service is an offshoot of the "water jeepney" concept that was developed in Cebu, and was announced during the operational dry run of the Sangley Airport in Cavite.
Tugade hopes that the riding public will utilize the service, as it offers a quick, convenient, and comfortable mode of transportation.
"Binubuhay natin ang konsepto ng 'water jeepney' sa Cavite, at sana 'ho tangkilikin ninyo, para masabi natin, 'okay ka, ferry ko'," Tugade added. (DOTr/PIA-NCR)