Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian visits China-aid bridge project

On June 2, Chinese ambassador Huang Xilian visited the China-aid bridge project over the Pasig River accompanied by commercial counsellor of the embassy, Mr. Jiang Jianjun.

Pasig River flows east to west through Metro Manila, where residents on both banks of the river suffer from the heavy traffic congestion. Upon request of the Philippine side, China provided grant to build two bridges over the river connecting the Chinatown and Intramuros, as well as Mandaluyong and Makati respectively.

The projects have come to a halt since the implementation of the ECQ in Manila in mid-March. During the quarantine period, China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), the project contractor, provided the staff with sufficient supplies to maintain their livelihood and help prevent the epidemic, with no confirmed COVID-19 cases reported. On May 11, as required by the Philippine implementing agency, CRBC started to reopen the project while strictly followed the government's quarantine policies. The project has so far resumed 50% capacity.

During the on-site visit, Ambassador Huang emphasized the importance of the coordination of epidemic prevention and work resumption. He stressed that all the Chinese enterprises in the Philippines should always put people first, base their work in all respects on the containment of the epidemic, categorize the staff based on a scientific approach and then implement targeted management.

As the Philippines lowered the COVID-19 response level and adjusted control measures, the Chinese enterprises in the Philippines have been gradually resuming their work and production. They are making every effort to adapt to the new normal, and make new contributions to the economic restart and social stability in the Philippines.  

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