Traffic between Mandaluyong and Makati expected to lighten
Long-awaited Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge opened
MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian led the opening ceremonies for the Makati-Mandaluyong connector bridge in fitting rites this afternoon.
Other government officials led by Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar attended the event.
Built at the cost of P1.46 billion, the project is one of two bridges funded by the People’s Republic of China.
President Duterte expressed his appreciation for the Chinese government’s generosity in funding the construction that has improved the mobility and connectivity and enhanced the resilience against natural disasters.
“As the Chinese saying goes, ‘Building roads and railways leads to prosperity in all sectors,’ the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge will become an important pathway to connect Mandaluyong and Makati cities,” Ambassador Huang said in his remarks.
Meanwhile, President Duterte said the project is a testament to the strong commitment of his government to improve mobility and promote ease of travel among motorists and commuters in metro Manila and adjacent communities.
“I wish to reassure our people that this administration remains faithful in realizing a safer and more convenient travel experience for everyone,” President Duterte said in his remarks.
The other bridge funded by the People’s Republic of China is located between Binondo and Intramuros in Manila. It is due for completion before year-end. (Melo M. Acuña)
The long-awaited Pantaleon-Estrella Bridge was inaugurated today with President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian. (Contributed photos)