Bridge’s end should be in Talisay

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

FORMER congressman Eduardo Gullas III believes a third bridge should have one end in Talisay City rather than in Cebu City.

Population and traffic in Cebu City are bad enough already, he said.

“I would like to respectfully request the leadership planning of the third bridge that they should consider that it be available to the people of the south,” Gullas said.


He called for a press conference among the three dailies in Cebu yesterday to share his two cents on the issue.

Gullas believes one end of the bridge can be constructed in either Barangay Tangke or Barangay San Roque, both in Talisay City.

He believes this will complement the road widening project in the south district—from Talisay City to the City of Naga.

Since he is no longer in public office, having lost to Talisay City Mayor Johnny V. delos Reyes, Gullas said he will ask his grandson, Rep. Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas Jr. (Cebu, 1st district), to lobby for Talisay City to be the place for one end of the third bridge.

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama first revived the third bridge proposal in one of his regular press conferences last year.

The Movement for Livable Cebu (MLC), through its architects and urban planners, supported the move in order to solve the worsening traffic problem in Metro Cebu.
MLC was a group formed as some professionals and businessmen objected to the two flyover projects in Cebu City backed by Rep. Raul del Mar (Cebu City, north district) and daughter, former congresswoman Rachel Marguerite “Cutie” del Mar.

Guadalupe River

Eventually, the Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC) came in and proposed a design for a third bridge that would have one end at Shell Island in Cordova and other end at the mouth of Guadalupe River.

The group met with Rama, Gov. Hilario Davide III and Cordova Mayor Adelino Sitoy about the third bridge proposal at least thrice.

Just recently, the Malayan Integrated Industries Corp. also claimed a stake in the third bridge.

In a meeting with Rama, Malayan head Pablo Vilaber said the third bridge is a component of the Cordova Reclamation and Development Project (CRDP).
The company claims to be the rightful developer of the reclamation project.

But instead of along the Ermita area, Malayan aims to have one end of the bridge at M.J. Cuenco.

Both proposals of MPTC and Malayan identified Shell Island as the place where one end will be constructed. The other end will be in a Cebu City area.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 23, 2014.

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