Pasig, also known as Manila’s green city, redefines what it means to live a sustainable lifestyle. While the growing district is developing at almost the same pace as Makati in terms of its economy and infrastructure, the city has also shown that it is a leader in smart, environmentally sustainable urban planning. In fact, one way the city upholds “clean and green” agenda is through the eco-friendly range of transportation options it offers, which lessens the traffic experience while providing a range of ways for citizens to get around.
As the city is dubbed one of the most livable cities in the world, buying a condominium in the area is an enticing prospect.
Free Bus Services at Ortigas Center
On June 22, 2016, the local government of Pasig City launched its free bus service within Ortigas Center. The program aims to ease the traveling time for commuters and reduce the number of cars on the road. Although the city used to be plagued by low-level efficiency in public transportation, the free bus service aims to address the problem.
The Bike-Sharing Tutubi Program
Pasig also offers a unique bike-sharing scheme — a project launched by the collaboration of the Asian Development Bank and Japan International Cooperation Agency. The two companies developed the project to improve urban transport conditions and to cut down on gas emissions. Resembling dragonflies, people can travel around the city using the tutubi bikes, which they can rent through a smart card.
The Pasig River Ferry System
Pasig’s river ferry system is a convenient alternative to land travel through the city. With the ferry ride, passengers can easily go to the Eastern part of Metro Manila. To further help this system along, last November, the Metro Manila Development Authority came up with a mobile app that lists the schedule of daily trips along the Pasig River. As of December 2016, there has been a total of 150,000 ferry-goers, and it has been a great help in decongesting roads in the area.
From the infrastructure developments to modes of transportation, Pasig is a green city. As a city that cares a lot about sustainable living, there is no doubt that it is a great place to settle down in.