March 21, 2018
(Photo from DPWH) From left: DPWH Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Operations Emil K. Sadain, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, Embassy of Indonesia in the Philippines Minister/Deputy Chief of Mission Budi Dhewajani, Loay Mayor Rochelle Brigitte Lim Imboy, Congressman Arthur Yap, Cabinet Secretary Leoncio B. Evasco Jr. and JICA Representative Keisuke Fukui
The Philippines' transport infrastructure development receives support from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) anew with the groundbreaking ceremony held recently for the reconstruction of the Php 445-million Clarin Bridge in Bohol Province.
Clarin Bridge, a 104-linear meter infrastructure that stands along the Bohol Circumferential Road was severely damaged during the Bohol earthquake in 2013. It is also a vital link to the province's tourism sites while also serving an important role in the mobility of goods and people in Bohol.
"JICA continues to support the Philippines' transport infrastructure priorities so more people will have access to job opportunities and social services, while enhancing seamless mobility," said JICA Representative Keisuke Fukui. "Likewise, JICA and Bohol Province have a longstanding and trusted partnership since we started supporting their transport, agriculture, energy, and other socio-economic infrastructure in the 1980s."
The reconstruction of Clarin Bridge is part of the Road Upgrading and Preservation Project of JICA with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) which features asset preservation, preventive maintenance, and upgrading and improvement of roads in the rural and urban areas. Other on-going projects with DPWH include the Central Luzon Link Expressway, Arterial Road Bypass Project II and III, Metro Manila Interchange Project VI, Metro Manila Priority Bridges Seismic Improvement Project, and Davao City Bypass Project.
The Clarin Bridge reconstruction will begin April 2018 until October 2019. "We are optimistic that the reconstructed Clarin bridge will be stable and safe for the transfer of people and goods and will provide greater access to the tourism sites of the Province of Bohol," added Fukui.
The Clarin Bridge spans the Loboc River, a major tourism destination in Bohol and also offers alternate route to Bohol's Billar manmade forest, as well as conservation areas for tarsier and butterflies.
Meanwhile, JICA is also supporting the Php7.7 billion new Bohol Airport in Panglao Island that is also seen to drive tourism and livelihood opportunities in the province once opened.