July 17, 2018
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte led the groundbreaking ceremony of the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge and Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge, two projects built with the aid of China, that aims to improve the efficiency of Metro Manila’s transportation by providing additional bridges and routes across Pasig River.
Citing this as a joint desire to use connectivity and mobility as catalysts for inclusive economic growth, President Duterte expressed his gratitude to the Chinese government for funding the construction of the bridges.
“As a friend, China has once again proved that they intend to join us in achieving lasting progress by addressing traffic congestion in Metro Manila. Indeed, the construction of these bridges will not just connect these very strategic areas, but will also contribute to our quest to spur vibrant economic activities through an efficient and reliable road transportation network,” the President said.
He instructed the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and other concerned government agencies to fast track the implementation and construction of the said bridges as these are part of the Build Build Build program of the administration.
“Through our combined efforts, we will be able to expedite our infrastructure programs that will improve connectivity and mobility around the country. Together, let us join hands in uplifting the lives of our people through channels that will give them the decent and comfortable lives that our people rightfully deserve,” President Duterte stated.
The Binondo-Intramuros Bridge is a PhP4.243 billion two-way, four-lane bridge that would link Binondo district and Intramuros in the City of Manila. Likewise, the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge costs PhP 1.299 billion and is expected to connect Estrella Street in Makati City to Barangka Drive in Mandaluyong City.
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