Bataan Governor Albert S. Garcia lauded the recent signing of the engineering design contract by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for the construction of the multi-billion-dollar Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge project on Manila Bay which starts construction in 2022.
He said, “this latest development on the flagship project behind President Duterte’s Build Build Build program has great impact on the economic growth not just in our province of Bataan and Region 3 but also in Cavite and the entire Region 4, as well as the National Capital Region — three of the fastest-growing regions in the Philippines.”
Garcia said, “Aside from being historic in nature as this will be the longest bridge in the world outside of China, 45 million Filipinos will be integrated upon the completion of this bridge and you can just imagine the economic activity that will be unleashed along with it. Travel time to and from Bataan will be greatly reduced. This infrastructure project will connect airports and industrial hubs around Manila Bay and can possibly position our country in the league of the greatest bays in the world like Tokyo Bay, San Francisco Bay, or New York Bay.”
He added that the signing of the engineering design of the more than 30-kilometer Bataan-Cavite bridge is timely given the adverse effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. “This project will create new employment opportunities and will certainly help the regions recover faster economically.”
The $3.6-billion dollar project is being funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The engineering design contract was awarded to the joint venture of US-based T.Y. Lin International and the Republic of Korea’s Pyunghwa Engineering Consultants Ltd., working in tandem with Geneva-based Renardet S.A. and the Philippines’ DCCD Engineering Corporation.
The project was approved in January 2020 by the National Economic Development Authority Board (NEDA) which reviews all proposals for major capital projects and programs of the government.
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