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China assures completion of Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge by early-2021
By CNN Philippines Staff

Published Oct 21, 2020 7:33:08 PM


Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 21) — The Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge is on track to be completed in early 2021 despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese Embassy said.

The Chinese contractor China Road and Bridge Corporation has made efforts to ensure that the P1.46 billion project will be completed on time, the embassy said.

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The China-funded project that connects the cities of Makati and Mandaluyong spans more than 500 meters and will have four lanes, from previously two. This will be able to accommodate around 50,000 vehicles per day and is expected to ease heavy traffic along EDSA once completed.

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China-funded Estrella-Pantaleon bridge completion seen in 2021
By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora  October 21, 2020, 7:31 pm


MANILA -- The Chinese Embassy in Manila on Wednesday said the construction of the China-funded Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge is expected to be completed in the "early half of 2021".

"The Covid-19 pandemic will not push back the completion dates of the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge projects. The contractor, China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) overcomes tremendous difficulties to ensure completion on schedule," it said in a statement sent to reporters.

Once completed, the 506-meter bridge would have four lanes connecting Estrella, Makati City to Barangka Drive in Mandaluyong City and is seen to accommodate an average of 50,000 vehicles daily.

The Embassy emphasized that the construction of the bridge is financed by a grant from the government of China.

Citing Public Works and Highways chief Mark Villar, it added that only 25 percent of the project's workers are Chinese nationals, while 75 percent are Filipinos.

"The contractor, China Road and Bridge is still hiring more local workers for the project, though it is a bit difficult to recruit enough and qualified local employees amid under GCQ," it said.

READ: Give China ‘leeway’ to hire workers for funded projects: Palace

The clarification comes after some lawmakers questioned the number of Chinese nationals employed for the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge and Binondo-Intramuros Bridge construction projects, appealing to prioritize Filipino nationals when hiring.

"The Chinese employees are mostly program managers, engineers, and technicians, whose job could not be done by Filipino workers given the technical requirements. All the Chinese employees have obtained work permits from the Department of Labor and Employment," the Embassy said.

The Embassy underscored that China stands ready to "further synergize the Belt and Road Initiative and Build, Build, Build program" as well as to accelerate the implementation of cooperation projects between the two nations.

"The Philippines is a friendly close neighbor to China. Both China and the Philippines have been striving for economic development and social progress. China stands ready to further synergize the Belt and Road Initiative and Build, Build, Build program and accelerate the implementation of cooperation projects to stimulate economic recovery and growth of the Philippines," it said. (PNA)


President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the groundbreaking ceremony of the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge and Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge in Intramuros, Manila on July 17, 2018.



Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar assured that despite the lockdown due to COVID-19 which hampered construction activities, the implementation of Binondo-Intramuros Bridge and Estrella- Pantaleon Bridge is right on schedule.

Secretary Villar said that based on a report of Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations and Technical Services Emil K. Sadain, we are seeing December 2020 completion of Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge Project while Binondo-Intramuros Bridge Project is aimed for opening by March 2021.
Undersecretary Sadain together with Project Director Virgilio C. Castillo of UPMO Roads Management Cluster 1 inspected the two (2) mega bridge projects crossing Pasig River.

Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge Project is now 56 percent completed while Binondo-Intramuros Bridge Project is now 36 percent completed, said Undersecretary Sadain.

Pouring of foundation for abutment is continuously undertaken on Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge.

Also ongoing is the piling of works for the foundation of Binondo-Intramuros Bridge, Binondo side downramp. By September, the steel bridging frame for the main bridge will be installed.

Although we have other urgent projects during this time of pandemic, we want to ensure everyone that these bridge projects are being rushed for completion to serve the public, said Undersecretary Sadain.

When completed, these two (2) bridges will augment the 30 existing ones across Pasig River, Marikina River and Manggahan Floodway and will ease traffic along EDSA and other major roads in Metro Manila.

China-funded bridges seen finished in 2021
By Cai Ordinario
January 22, 2020


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Lamentillo said the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge is 27 percent complete while that of the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge is at 47 percent. The total cost of the two bridges is P4.86 billion.

“DPWH does not have Chinese loans, what we have are China grants. Binondo-Intramuros and Estrella-Pantaleon are undertaken at no cost to the government,” Lamentillo said.

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The P1.47-billion Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge project in Makati aims to replace the prestressed concrete rigid frame bridge with corrugated steel webs with 4-lane concrete deck slab of approximately 506.46-lineal meters.

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