In­fra de­vel­op­ment

The Freeman - - OPINION -

The fourth bridge that will link main­land Cebu and Mac­tan Is­land will be ex­pected to start next year as its prepara­tory sur­vey kicks off in Jan­uary, ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial of the De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works and High­ways.

DPWH Un­der­sec­re­tary Emil Sadain said they hope the project will be op­er­a­tional be­fore the term of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte ex­pires.

“We have co­or­di­na­tion meet­ing with JICA (Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency) rep­re­sen­ta­tive and DPWH to dis­cuss the fea­si­bil­ity study sched­uled on Novem­ber 21, 2018,” he said.

Un­der the JICA pro­posal, the new bridge – which is es­ti­mated to cost P3 bil­lion – will be from Barangay Cansaga in Con­so­la­cion town to an area near the in­ter­na­tional air­port in Barangay Pu­sok in Lapu-Lapu City.

It will be fin­ished af­ter the third bridge, which is set for com­ple­tion by 2021. The Cebu-Cor­dova Link Ex­press­way is be­ing con­structed from the area near the South Road Prop­er­ties in Cebu City to Cor­dova town.

The two bridges will be vi­tal to Cebu’s econ­omy, which is ex­pected to fur­ther ex­pand given the hike in the vol­ume of visi­tors and trade as the prov­ince, es­pe­cially Metro Cebu, is start­ing to ce­ment its sta­tus as a pre­ferred tourist and in­vestor des­ti­na­tion.

Yes, it’s high time for Cebu to ac­cel­er­ate its in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment if it wants to catch up with Metro Manila, where the bulk of gov­ern­ment projects in the coun­try are cur­rently be­ing im­ple­mented.

Be­cause of the lack of vi­sion from our past lead­ers, we now end up suf­fer­ing from the stress of go­ing through the wors­en­ing traf­fic con­di­tion ow­ing to the nar­row roads, and the lack of mit­i­gat­ing mea­sures from our present of­fi­cials.

With the two bridges now be­ing fast­tracked, it is our hope that Cebu will con­tinue pri­or­i­tiz­ing in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment as it is start­ing to grab a big­ger por­tion of the pie un­der the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion’s “Build, build, build” pro­gram.

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