Batangas City—Mayor Beverly Dimacuha and Rep. Marvey Marino of Batangas led the groundbreaking recently of the P338-million Calumpang Bridge project, the third in the city that aims to improve the traffic situation in the area.
A city government flagship project to be financed by a loan from the Landbank of the Philippines, this four-lane bridge is 140 meters long and 15 meters wide and spans Sitio Ferry, Barangay Kumintang Ibaba, Calumpang River and Barangay Gulod Labac.
According to Engr. Ronald Litan, Project Manager of Frey-Fil Corporation, this type of bridge is the “first and only kind in the Philippines” because it will be using the box girder super structure scheme which is different from the usual I girder being employed in other bridge construction in the country and can be seen in countries in UAE and Europe.
President and CEO of Frey-Fil Joachim Enenkel, told Batangas residents “this is a project to be implemented very fast with us doing the predominantly pre-cast work, so by May next year, you will have your bridge…We will introduce a technology which is proven in the Philippines but the combination of technologies is first time in the Philippines, you will see a very nice state-of-the-art bridge which hopefully would be a trend-setter all over the Philippines.”
“Ang Calumpang Bridge #3 ay simbolo ng sama-samang hirap at sama-samang tagumpay ng mga Batangueno. Ipinaabot ko ang aking taos pusong pasasalamat sa lahat ng sumuporta at tumulong upang magkaroon ng katuparan ang dati ay proyektong pangarap lamang,” Dimacuha said. (“The Calumpang Bridge # 3 is a symbol of the collective effort and success of the Batanguenos. I am extending my heart-felt gratitude to all who supported and helped in the fulfilment of this dream project,” Dimacuha said.
She also thanked the Sangguniang Panlungsod for approving and supporting this project.
Mariño for his part said that this bridge was just the beginning of more projects for the progress of the city and that there are plans after the construction of this bridge to transform the Calumpang River into a tourist attraction by putting up a park and a floating restaurant here.