PGMA inaugurates 2nd busiest footbridge

May 7, 2010 7:39 pm 

MANILA, May 7 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo formally inaugurated today one of the country’s busiest pedestrian footbridges in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

The President led the ribbon cutting ceremony this morning marking the official public opening of the Alabang-Montillano steel footbridge traversing the major streets of Montillano, Alabang-Zapote Road, and Radial Road 3 which crosses the busy intersection under the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) in Alabang.

The President congratulated the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) personnel led by its Chairman Oscar Inocentes and Muntinlupa City Mayor Aldrin San Pedro for the early completion of the project which now caters to almost half a million pedestrians per day.

Inocentes told the President that the steel footbridge is 2.4-meter wide with nine stairs that could serve some 449,848 pedestrians per day.

Inocentes thanked the President for infusing funds for the footbridge project which greatly reduced accidents among pedestrians and the estimated 72,000 vehicles plying the busy intersection in Alabang.

Works on the P59.32-million footbridge started last year and was completed last March. The 403-meter footbridge is the second longest footbridge constructed by the MMDA next only to that in Bicutan.

Inocentes said the Alabang-Montillano footbridge is the 60th steel footbridge put up by the MMDA since 2001 in strategic intersections all over Metro Manila. These footbridges now cater to an estimated 2.2 million pedestrians per day.

Thanking the President was Modesto Dimacuha, a stall owner at the adjacent Alabang public market, who said accidents and snatching incidents were greatly reduced with the establishment of the project.

Jonard Ocampo, a daily user of the footbridge who arrived jobless from Capiz last year, also thanked the President for his landing a job as erector of Steel Center Company which helped put up the footbridge.

After the ribbon cutting ceremony, the President also witnessed the ongoing A(H1N1) influenza vaccination of 20 barangay health workers at the Alabang health center.

Health Undersecretary David Lozada told the President the Department of Health (DOH) started the anti-A(H1N1) flu vaccination for health responders last April 26 in Zamboanga City.

To date, Lozada said the DOH has undertaken 48,556 similar vaccinations in a bid to reach their target of 1.9 million vaccinations to protect health workers, including social workers, police and military personnel nationwide.

Lozada said included in their target objective is to inoculate children six months to five years old; adults 60 years old and above; and children five years old and above with chronic medical condition. (PNA)



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