Cebu City body finalizes joint venture papers for P16.5B 3rd Cebu-Mactan bridge

January 5, 2015 5:23 am 

By Eddie O. Barrita

CEBU CITY, Jan. 4 (PNA) — Members of the Cebu City Joint Venture Committee for the proposed P16.6-billion third bridge project are finalizing the joint venture documents for the project which will provide an alternative access from mainland Cebu to Mactan Island.

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama said he ordered them to fast-track the process to allow the City Government to proceed with the project.

On New Year’s Day, the Municipal Government of Cordova held a ceremonial groundbreaking of the third bridge at Shell Island, which is part of the town.

“We will meet as soon as we get back after the holidays,” Cebu City Administrator Lucelle Mercado said.

Mercado is the chairperson of the committee that Rama created.

She said they already completed the reviews needed on the report that the technical working group made on the proposal that the Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC) submitted for the third bridge.

“We are done with the review and we will now recommend to the mayor to declare MPTC as original proponent of the third bridge project,” Mercado said.

Once Rama declares the MPTC as the original proponent of the project, Mercado said they can proceed to negotiate the terms and conditions of the project.

The terms and conditions will then be submitted to the Cebu City Council for approval.

The group reviewed some points of the proposal, such as where the bridge approach will be located and how much the project will really cost, after Rama asked them to do it.

The MPTC proposed placing the bridge approach near the Cebu South Coastal Road viaduct, fronting Barangay Duljo-Fatima.

However, Rama wants it at the mouth of the Guadalupe River near Barangay Pasil in Cebu City. (PNA)

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