New DPWH chief buckles down to work

New DPWH chief buckles down to work

By Glen S. Ramos

MANILA — Newly appointed Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) chief Roger Mercado made his presence felt on the ground by inspecting the ongoing Binondo Intramuros Bridge Project yesterday, Friday, 15 Oct 2021, here.

DPWH Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain, in-charge of Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations assisted the new DPWH Secretary in his first project visit.

The Binondo-Intramuros bridge project is now 82.75 percent complete the DPWH said.
Others who were present in the inspection are Undersecretary Eugenio R. Pipo Jr.; Assistant Secretary Ador G. Canlas; and the Project Directors of five (5) specialized UPMO clusters namely Benjamin A. Bautista of Roads Management Cluster 1, Sharif Madsmo Hasim of Roads Management Cluster 2, Rodrigo Delos Reyes of Bridges Management Cluster, Ramon A. Ariola III of Flood Management Cluster, and Johnson Domingo of Buildings Management Cluster.

According to Undersecretary Sadain, the ₱3.39-Billion bridge project across Pasig River is part of the two (2) bridges financed by a government aid grant from the People’s Republic of China.

Another China-granted project is the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge linking Makati and Mandaluyong which was earlier completed and inaugurated by President Duterte.
The new Binondo-Intramuros Bridge is a 680-meter, basket-handle tied steel arch bridge that will soon connect districts of Intramuros (at Solana Street and Riverside Drive) and Binondo (at San Fernando Bridge) in Manila with a viaduct structure over Estero de Binondo.

This new bridge under the Build, Build, Build program which is funded by Official Development Assistance is expected to not only cut travel time between Intramuros and Binondo but also benefit approximately 30,000 motorists daily. (ai/mtvn)

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