Batangas-Mindoro Superbridge: A realization of Oriental Mindoro’s vision
The much awaited bridge in the Philippines will rise between Batangas and Mindoro and about to start. According to mindoropost.com, Governor Alfonso Umali Jr. said that it is a realization of his vision for Oriental Mindoro.
Indeed, this infrastructure will be one of the billion funds that will sustain and improve the socio- economic of our country and the whole region connected on it. It is cited before that Oriental Mindoro has its finest land in producing agricultural products that supports the need of the entire country.
According to Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Governor Umali is in close follow up from President Aquino for the 18 billion project of the 9 kilometer bridge that will connect Batangas to Verde Island going to Puerto Galera. The study has been started already on February 10, 2011.
Recently, last December 22 of the previous year reported by the PIA that the principal investors have been arrived already to support the mentioned project.
This good news is a trending topic now in social networking sites for many Mindoreños worldwide.
With this project, the main contribution will be on eco-tourism. Moreover, this will be one of the factors that will improve the vast array of transportation development including trade and commerce. This will be another more fun in the Philippines!
source: http://mindoropost.com/2012/01/02/bridg ... -batangas/
PIA Press Release
Monday, January 02, 2012Superbridge investors lay down plans to local gov't
by Louie T. Cueto
CALAPAN CITY, Oriental Mindoro, Jan. 2 (PIA) – The principal investors composed of engineers from China arrived here last Dec. 22 to negotiate with the provincial government on their plans and to finance arrangements on the construction of the Batangas-Mindoro Superb ridge project.
The Superbridge will connect Batangas to Isla Verde and connect the latter to Puerto Galera.
The investors met with Gov. Alfonso V. Umali, Jr. to discuss the details of the proposal and conducted a survey on the site.
This multi-billion project aims to facilitate better access to transport goods and services to Manila as well as other market destinations, which will eventually provide better business and livelihood opportunities to Mindoreños.
The project is a realization of the governor’s vision for Oriental Mindoro. According to Umali, in the past, he dreamt of concreting the national roads in the 2nd district which has later on materialized. Now he dreams
of Mindoro-Batangas Superbridge which will soon be constructed. (LBR/ LTC /PIA-4B)
FULL TITLE : AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF THE MINDORO-BATANGAS NAUTICAL BRIDGE-HIGHWAY, LINKING MINDORO ISLAND TO BATANGAS CITY, AND PROVIDING FOR ITS IMPLEMENTATION UNDER THE PROVISION OF REPUBLIC ACT NO. 6957, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE BUILD-OPERATE-TRANSFER (BOT) LAW
BY CONGRESSMAN/WOMAN UMALI, REYNALDO VILLAR
DATE FILED ON 2010-11-25
CALIMBAS-VILLAROSA, MA. AMELITA A.
MENDOZA, MARK LLANDRO LATORRE
VALENCIA, RODOLFO GARONG
MADRONA, ELEANDRO JESUS FABIC
APACIBLE, TOMAS VILLADOLID
REFERRAL ON 2010-12-01 TO THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS
DATE READ: 2010-12-01
............................Principal Investors sa Batangas-Mindoro Superbridge, dumating sa lalawigan
Dumating sa lalawigan noong Disyembre 22 ang mga principal investors ng bansang China na kausap ni Gob. Alfonso V. Umali,Jr. na interesado na mag-finance para sa pag-aaral ng paglalagay ng tulay simula isla ng Batangas hanggang Isla Verde at mula Isla Verde hanggang Ilijan, Pto. Galera.
Bago isagawa ang survey ng grupo ng mga engineers sa mismong site ng proyekto, nag-courtesy call muna ang mga ito sa tanggapan ng gobernador at pinag-usapan ang pagsisimula ng kanilang gawain.
Ang multi-bilyong pisong proyekto na ito ay ang matagal nang pinapangarap ni Gob. Umali para sa mga Mindoreno. Ayon sa gobernador, kung noong una, ang pinangarap niya ay ang mapasementuhan ang pangunahing kalsada sa segunda distrito na natupad naman aniya, ngayon, ang pinapangarap naman niya, ayon sa gobernador ay ang katuparan ng Batangas-Mindoro Superbridge.
...a bridge with pylons standing in a water depths of up to 400 m
(between PG and Verde Island) and 200m on the hop to Batangas.
...a bridge that wants to be built right through the ultra prime marine biodiversity zone with huge MD logos all over
...a bridge so high above sea level that ocean going supertankers and cruise ships heading to Sabang can safely pass below.
...a bridge with such huge spans that it can traverse the natural gas submarine pipelines and fiber optic links supplying Manila with power and information
...a bridge that at only 9 km
would be 3 km short of covering the shortest over-water-distance PuertoGalera - IslaVerde - Batangas
(needs to be at least 12 km if not 17 km long!)
...a bridge that could cost USD 2 billion (w/o kickbacks), comparable in cost to about three
NAIA-T3 Terminals (w/o the legal cost).
... a bridge that would be gladly financially engineered by Puerto Galera Infrastructure Corp at 12,5% for 30 years ? (recall SWTP & PIER etc..)
...a bridge that 10,000 Chinese construction workers and engineers would be building. Pinoys extend the paid-for-'approvals': Pres., Gov., May., DENR, DPWH, BI.... (recall North Rail).
...a bridge that would not only carry buses, jeeps & trikes but could hookup Mindoro to the Luzon power grid and internet backbone (no more brownouts and lazy browsing)
...a bridge that could bring the +1million tourists a year to Puerto Galera for whom the MD Mayor already contracted sufficient sewage treatment in 2009...
...a bridge that would funnel a lot of highway traffic thru Puerto Galera 24/7 -- not the HQ-tourist's idea of a cute dive village or beautiful bay no more.
...a bridge that would re-purpose the Sabang land reclamation from "pier" to a "girly-bar+hotel"-centerpiece
...a bridge with four separate collection gates for EUF, TOLL, TERMINAL and INSURANCE -- in both directions
...a bridge with a feeder road equipped with discobra
traffic lights at the PG Poblacion crossing (besides the Tanduay Fountain)
...a bridge as the ultimate Puerto Galera diving destination (...after it gets blown over by taifun 'Gloria' )
...a bridge designed by politicians to attract votes in the next elections
-- otherwise very, very unlikely to ever materialize because already the ocean is just too deep