China-donated Binondo-Intramuros Friendship Bridge is the first bridge to directly connect the 400 year-old Intramuros with Binondo, the world’s oldest Chinatown, over the Pasig River.
Gave jobs to hundreds of Filipinos even during the pandemic and trained countless Filipino engineering students during its construction.
The Friendship Bridge will serve over 30,000 motorists everyday, with a protected bike-lane and walkway areas promoting a healthier lifestyle for generations of Filipinos! China Road & Bridge Corporation (CRBC) used advanced technology for the construction of the 734-meter-long, basket-handle tied steel arch bridge that spans 21m wide, four lanes in total.
Duterte said the China-donated bridge will give Filipinos the chance to experience economic growth and enhanced productivity.
The Bridge shows that the Philippines is working together towards greener, more sustainable and climate change resistance infrastructure for generations to come, Duterte added.
This will infuse new energy and vitality into Intramuros and Binondo… Promoting more tourism, business opportunities, and friendship among the Filipino people.
The Binondo Intramuros Bridge is one of the two bridges donated by China during President Duterte’s term.
The other China-donated bridge is the futuristic Estrella-Pantaleon bridge connecting Mandaluyong and Makati. The two bridges are worth over 5 billion… Given the prevailing rise in construction prices worldwide, the 2 bridges are estimated to be already worth over 8 billion pesos today!
China also donated 10,000 tons of rice for the poor communities around the Philippines including for the typhoon victims, over 5 million vaccines (on top of 50 million rushed-delivered), and billions more in medical supplies, among many other assistances.
The bridge marks the 16th government to government project completed between China and the Philippines since 2016, said Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian.
“Filipinos would enjoy more benefits from China-Philippines friendly cooperation,” said DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said.
The Bridge is another testament of the centuries-long bond of the Filipino and Chinese people, that was further enriched under the visionary leaderships of President Duterte and President Xi Jinping.