Chinese Businessmen donate P20M for Manila bridge Project

Chinese Businessmen donate P20M for Manila bridge Project

The administration of the mayor Manila just got a much needed boost from the private sector.

Manila Mayor Isko Morena revealed that some Chinese businessmen gave him P20 million for the rehabilitation of a bridge near a heritage site along the Pasig River.

The project is aligned with the current administration’s drive to preserve Manila’s heritage and open more tourist destinations in the capital city.
A happy Manila mayor Isko Moreno holding a P20M cheque
(photo credit to ABS-CBN News)

“Protecting heritage builds tourism. Tourism builds jobs and business,” he said.
If people have jobs, it will deter crimes and make the streets safer, the young mayor adds.

The Public Welfare Charity Foundation, the charity arm of the Philippine Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, gave the cheque to Moreno days after the mayor asked for funding from the private sector.

Aside from the cheque, the Peoples Republic of China because of the reinvigorated ties between the two countries, also funded the construction of 2 other bridges in Metro Manila.

The 734-meter Binondo-Intramuros Bridge will connect the two historic Manila districts of Binondo and Intramuros, while the 506-meter Estrella-Pantaleon bridge will replace the existing bridge connecting Estrella Street in Makati City and Barangka Drive in Mandaluyong City.

Five (5) other bridges will be constructed through “soft loans” from China, said Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua who paid a courtesy visit on Moreno on the same day and minutes before the P20-million check was given to the mayor.

The Mayor already quashed any insinuations that special privileges will be given to the Chinese  in exchange for their generosity and donations to the city.

“Wala [special favors]. Laway-laway lang. Makapal lang mukha ko manghingi,” Moreno told reporters.
“I will not allow foreign investors to be abused and at the same time, I will not allow foreign investors to abuse us,” he said. “They have to follow our rules.”
Moreno, also gave his comments regarding the West Philippine Sea issue and the issue of gambling hubs in the different sites in the metro, he says it “does’nt concern Manila.

“It doesn’t concern Manila. I will let the national government handle it,” Isko said.

“If they (Chinese) do business in Manila, they should be protected the same way other businesses are protected,” Moreno adds.

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