The bridges with a total length of over 3km cross the Marikina River and are among the 12 to be built under the Metro Manila Bridges project.

“These bridges are crucial components of the Build, Build, Build program that will help our economy bounce back from the adverse effects of the pandemic. With their high multiplier effect and job-generating potential, investments in infrastructure will be the engine for our rapid economic recovery,” said finance secretary Carlos Dominguez III.

Dominguez said that a key design feature of the three ADB-funded bridges is their ability to absorb strong earthquake shocks and reduce flood risks in the area, making them disaster- and climate-resilient.

ADB managing director general Woochong Um described the project as a “milestone for the Philippines’ ‘Build, Build, Build’ programme.”

The three bridge projects will be financed through a US$175.1 million loan from the ADB.

The construction of the three projects – the Marcos Highway-Saint Mary Avenue Bridge, Homeowner’s Drive-A Bonifacio Bridge, and the Kabayani Street—Matandang Balara Bridge - will start in the first half of this year, with completion due in 2026.