The old ferry service that once linked Manila and the province of Bataan is set to be reopened six years after its closure.
Bataan Governor Albert Garcia told GMA News Online that this project will help trade, tourism and commerce not only in their province but also in neighboring areas like the town of Orion.
The highlight of the ferry service is the time you can save when traveling from Metro Manila to Orion or vice-versa, which is expected to be drastically cut from the usual three hours via car or bus to just 45 minutes.
However, initial pricing will be pretty steep for a one-way trip, which is pegged at P799.
This is expected to go down by up to 40 percent, depending on the amount of people who will regularly use the service.
Each ferry can accommodate up to 108 passengers, but for now, there are only two serviceable boats with one designated as a backup vessel.
The ferry service will add more boats once various documents and permits are fully processed.
The relaunch of the Manila-Bataan ferry service is still part of the government’s program to help provide more options to the public and reduce the overall traffic congestion in Metro Manila.