Mandaue Chamber to improve bridge park, seeks Bridge Board’s support

The Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) presented to the Mactan Cebu Bridge Management Board (MCBMB) a proposal to build a park beneath Marcelo Fernan Bridge. This bridge connects cities of Mandaue and Lapu-lapu.

According to MCCI Board of Director Girlie Garces, MCCI is working on improving the Mandaue Bridge Park situated on the Mandaue side of the said bridge. She added that MCCI asked MCBMB’s support on the project to coordinate all agencies’ efforts.

“We are really seeking the support of MCBMB on this and we’re very glad that they have given us their support,” she expressed.

Garces said the project plan is still on the beginning phase. “We only did the aesthetics plan. The full structural plan is yet to be done by DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways) because they are really the experts on this,” she said.

MCCI presented the aesthetics plan of the park during MCBMB’s meeting recently. A rough estimate of Php 30 million is needed to fund the project. The improvement will include building of a children’s park and a baywalk.

Acknowledging the project as a good one, MCBMB approves the proposal “in principle” and allows it to proceed with the necessary preparations.

Cebu Governor and MCBMB Chairman Hilario Davide III expressed the board’s support and appreciation of the project. However, he said that there are still a lot to be settled, such as property ownership.

Garces admitted that they still have to discuss the legalities, administration as well as final budget figures for the project.

“We still have to fix up our figures for the project and from there, we’re going to decide who’s going to do what,” she said.

However, Garces shared that they have already received a pledge of Php 725,000 from a recent fundraising activity held during the launching of the project. She also said that San Miguel Corporation donated Php 1 million and have been used to build a gate separating the park from regular passageways.

“We’re hoping we can get donors and sponsors from the private sector and the local and national government,” Garces said. “It doesn’t have to be all money. It could be support through power, equipment, water, and things like those that may be needed in the park.”

She added that the Mandaue City Government is very supportive of the project.

“We’re working closely with the local government and Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes is really supportive. In fact, he is very happy. We have high hopes for this park because it is really going to be for the people of Mandaue,” Garces said.