Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian inspects the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge
2022-03-03 20:29

On 3 March 2022, Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian led an on-site inspection to the China-granted Binondo-Intramuros bridge (B-I bridge) project. Together with Philippine Presidential Assistant on Foreign Affairs Usec. Robert Borje and several Filipino-Chinese commerce group leaders, the visit to the B-I bridge, alongside the China-Philippines Friendship Park project, marks the newest Manila landmarks' near completion, with the final retouching beginning this month.

Ambassador Huang conveyed his delight with the final leg of the construction and his hopes to see its societal and economic benefits fully realized as a symbol of China-Philippine relations. “As a friend, the bridge is a grant from the Chinese government. We hope that the completion of this bridge would contribute to traffic easing and the prosperity of this city. The design of the bridge symbolizes our friendship, moving forward hand in hand, shoulder and shoulder, and connecting the past, present and the future,” the Ambassador said.

The envoy said Chinese engineers used the latest technology to build the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge, and this has been passed on to Filipino engineers. Once opened, the bridge can accommodate up to 30,000 cars per day and will hopefully decongest traffic traversing between Binondo and Intramuros.

Huang said there are a total of five bridges that will be put up across the Pasig River. One has already been completed, while the three other bridges are expected to be completed in the coming years.

“We have implemented more than one dozen government projects including some railways in the pipeline, including Kaliwa Dam and of course including Davao-Samal connector bridge," he said.

"In terms of trade, the Philippines has become China’s important trade partner," he added.

On the Philippine side, Usec. Borje expected that the B-I bridge would positively impact the Filipino people and the partnership between the two countries. “The project is a very important project of President Duterte since he wants projects undertaken for the benefit of the people. We hope the next administration will continue President Duterte's legacy and the successes of our diplomatic relationship should spill over to the next administration,” Borje said.

FFCCCII President Henry Lim Bon Liong relayed the Filipino-Chinese commerce associations’ future goals of providing more spaces that promote the relationship between the two countries and their peoples. “I expect more cooperation and our companies hope to take more roles in it. Most of us are born here in the Philippines, so we believe we will be catalysts who help each other through our friendship,” he said. 

Connecting two significant historical landmarks for both the Chinese and Filipino people, the B-I bridge project is set to be one of the newest landmarks in Manila that combine innovative infrastructure functions and China-Philippine cultural inspirations. The bridge will improve travel efficiency in the area by accommodating 30,000 vehicles every day, advance the country’s bridge construction skills and technology, and stimulate the Philippine economy’s construction, transport, tourism, and human skills development industries, among others. 

Meanwhile, the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers Of Commerce & Industry Inc. (FFCCCII), the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Association of the Philippines Foundation Inc. (FFCAP), and the Philippine Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc. (PCCCII) joint created the China-Philippines Friendship Park, built near the bridge. The park will support the bridge in fulfilling the country’s socio-economic needs and commemorate the forged brotherhood in fighting the pandemic and the good deeds of the Filipino Chinese community.

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