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MCBMB: ‘Strengthen security of Mactan-Cebu bridges’

| by: Katrina Diaz

The Mactan Cebu Bridge Management Board (MCBMB) agreed to fence the railings Mandaue-Mactan Bridge and the Marcelo Fernan Bridge to prevent more accidents.

During a meeting last August 5, the Traffic Security and Monitoring System (TSMS) said that four suicide attempts have been reported since January this year.

MCBMB Chairman Governor Hilario P. Davide III suggested that a safety net can be installed to catch jumpers from both Mactan-Mandaue Bridge and the Marcelo Fernan Bridge.

Also, MCBMB approved repairs of thirteen damaged CCTVs (closed circuit television cameras) and defective paging system to allow tighter security monitoring of both bridges.

According to Leo Bacus of TSMS, seven new CCTVs and five wireless radios will be acquired to improve security and monitoring. Each CCTV costs around P96,000.

Currently, Marcelo Fernan Bridge has 23 cameras and 17 at the Mandaue-Mactan Bridge.

Meanwhile, Mandaue City Mayor Luigi Quisumbing said that they are implementing stricter traffic rules in the city.

“We have consulted the Mandaue Traffic Board and we are doing the best that we can. We have stricter traffic rules against double and illegal parking,” he said.

Solar-powered bridge

During the meeting, Mactan Electric Company (MECO) proposed to the Board its plan to make the old Mactan-Mandaue Bridge the first solar-powered bridge in the Philippines.

MECO representative Jacinta Rusiana explained that the Solar Power Bridge Program will cost P30 million.

960 solar panels with an approximate capacity of 240 kilowatts will be installed on top of the bridge’s steel trusses to power the LED lights on the bridge. Excess power produced by the solar panels will be used by MECO consumers.

According to Rusiana, the panel weighs at least 16 tons each or equal to that of two loaded jeepneys.

However, MCBMB advised Rusiana to consult DPWH first to evaluate the proposal.

Once the project is approved, it will take five months to complete the program.

Furthermore, the whole project including installation, operation and maintenance will be shouldered by MECO. (Katrina Marie Diaz)