DPWH to push through ‘friendship bridge’


DESPITE fears that some heritage sites in Manila will be affected, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Tuesday said that it will push through with the construction of the Binondo-Intramuros Friendship Bridge.

DPWH secretary Mark Villar, in a statement, said that they are continuing to hold dialogues with the concerned sectors and stakeholders, like the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, as they proceed with the construction of the bridge.

The P4.2-billion bridge, which is funded by China through the Duterte administration’s Build, Build, Build program, is seen to ease traffic in Manila, but the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Philippines has said the construction of the bridge will plow through the portion of the San Agustin Church, a declared UNESCO world heritage site since 1993.