The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced on Tuesday, Dec. 4, that the construction of the Binondo-Intramuros Friendship Bridge will push through and promised to ensure that the China-funded bridge would not affect Manila’s heritage sites.
In a statement, DPWH secretary Mark Villar said talks are ongoing with various sectors and stakeholders to finally turn the project into fruition.
The P4.2-billion bridge is seen to ease traffic in Manila.
However, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Philippines said the construction of the bridge will plow through the portion of the San Agustin Church, a declared UNESCO world heritage site since 1993.
The China-funded infrastructure is a project under the Duterte administration’s Build, Build, Build program.