MANILA - The Pasig River Ferry will extend operating hours on January 9 to help ease traffic during the Black Nazarene feast, authorities said Friday.
Millions of barefoot devotees are expected to flock to downtown Manila on Monday to join the annual procession which serves as a fervent display of faith in the predominantly Catholic Philippines.
The ferry provides commuters an alternative route to the capital's old quarter from central and southern districts. It runs from Guadalupe in Makati to Escolta, Manila, which is near the procession route.
The ferries to Escolta from Guadalupe will operate from 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Return trips to Guadalupe from Escolta will begin at 6:35 a.m., while the last trip is scheduled at 7 p.m.
Normal operating hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. from the Pinagbuhatan station in Pasig to the Intramuros station in Manila.
Aside from riding the ferry, authorities also urged motorists to refrain from passing along throughfares around Quiapo.