President Rodrigo Duterte, photo from Manila Bulletin News
Under President Rodrigo Duterte, a combined $7.34 billions worth of major infrastructures have been promised to the country by China, this being the "triumph of the Duterte diplomacy", according to columnist Anna Mae Lamentillo in her article for the Manila Times.

Duterte signed 14 bilateral agreements with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, on November 15, following an expanded bilateral meeting between the country and China.

"The triumph of the Duterte Diplomacy is evident in the strong and robust economic performance of the Philippines, one of the best performing economies in Asia. It is not at all surprising when Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia announced Philippines’ impressive Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth of 6.9% in the 3rd quarter of this year — the second highest in Asia," Lamentillao said.
Columnist Anna Mae Lamentillo, photo from

Included in the agreement was the construction of the Binondo-Intramuros and Pantaleon-Estrella Bridge Project — two bridges which will be part of the Metro Manila Logistics Infrastructure Network, Department of Public Works and Highways traffic decongestion masterplan.

The agreement for the project was signed by DPWH Secretary Mark Villar and Ministry of Commerce Deputy Director General  Zeng Hua and is expected to benefit 1.3 million passengers daily.

The bridge to connect Binondo and Intramuros is a P4.607-billion-steel bow-string arch bridge, spanning 807 meters, with intersecting reclining arches.

The Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge is a P1.367-billion 4-lane bridge which is expected to increase road network capacity of Estrella St. in Makati and Barangka Drive in Mandaluyong.

Construction for the projects will allegedly begin next year and will be completed by 2021.

Both will be part of the Metro Manila Logistics Infrastructure Network, a massive network of 12 bridges that will include asig River, Marikina River, and Manggahan Floodway and is meant to solve the problem of decongestion in the roads of Metro Manila, particularely the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue.

A second basket of projects for possible Chinese financing is also set, with Department of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with China Vice Commerce Minister and International Trade Representative Fu Ziying to “jointly identify and study” the list.

Among the proposed projects are the development of the Davao City Expressway, a road network spanning 23.3 kilometers which will improve mobility in Davao City and provide access to Sta. Ana Port.

A 19.2 -km inter-island bridge will also be constructed to connect three island provinces in the Visayas, the Panay Islands with Guimaras and Negros.

Along with those mentioned are the construction of two bridges in Metro Manila and two drug rehabilitation facilities in Mindanao, and assistance in the rehabilitation of war-torn Marawi City in Mindanao.


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