China building 2 Pasig River bridges, considering to fund 5 more

The groundbreaking ceremony of China-funded Binondo-Intramuros Bridge and Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge was led today by President Rodrigo Duterte in Intramuros, Manila.

“The preparation of design was undertaken by CCCC Highway Consultants CO.,Ltd. and the implementation of civil works will be carried out by China Roads and Bridges Corporation through a grant agreement between the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of the Philippines,” Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar said.

“We would like to express our sincerest gratitude to the government of China for their technical and funding assistance for these two iconic bridges that will become a symbol of progress, strength, and friendship among our people in a new era,” he added.

“The implementation of these bridges, as a grant project of China to our people, would not have been possible without the diplomatic leadership and vision of our our President [Rodrigo Duterte] and his strong desire to push further the growth in our economy for the betterment of the Filipino people through infrastructure,” Villar said.

These 2 bridges are part of the Metro Manila Logistics Improvement Network, a traffic management plan composed of 12 new bridges crossing Pasig River, Marikina River, and Manggahan Floodway.

Construction of these 12 bridges is projected to be implemented in four years to ensure better mobility in Metro Manila.

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua announced during the groundbreaking ceremony that the Chinese government is “positively considering” to provide soft loans for the construction of 5 more Pasig River bridges.