By ayan c. mellejor
TAGUM CITY – President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to meet his administration’s thrust of spending P3 trillion in infrastructure development in five years.
He made the commitment at the inauguration of the P757 million Governor Miranda Bridge II along Daang Maharlika crossing Libuganon River in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, Thursday.
Duterte led the inauguration program under heavy rains.
Duterte said government spending on infrastructure could spur economic activities and create jobs for the people.
“Ang kwarta motuyok lang sa mga tao (Money will revolve among the people),” he said.
But Duterte reiterated his anti-corruption thrust.
While the construction of the bridge did not start during his presidency, Duterte said it is important to continue good policies of any administration.
The expansion of the bridge started in 2015 and completed on April 21,2017 at total cost of P757 million. The bridge is 650 meters long. It was constructed to serve as an alternate bridge to the old Miranda Steel Bridge built in 1956.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) constructed the bridge because the number of users of the old bridge has increased tremendously due to economic and tourism boom in Davao del Norte and neighboring provinces of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley Province.
The new bridge was constructed with a higher elevation designed to protect the traveling public from the dangers of flooding incidents in the area.
It has a longer span to address the flooding problem equivalent to the length between two dikes at riverbanks or its floodplain.
It will also provide inter-regional linkage on a wider perspective without hampering flow of traffic even during flooding occurrences in low-lying areas.
“I hope this will serve you for another 50 to 70 years. This passed the test of time. Hope it will serve for you,” Duterte said.