On 16th March 2018, the Philippines Secretary of Public Works and Highways, H.E. Mark. A. Villar and the Charge d’Affairs of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Manila, Budi Dhewajani, joined together with the Governor of the Province of Bohol Edgardo M. Chato, the Mayor of the Municipality of Loay Rochelle Brigitte L. Imboy, JICA Chief Representative Joshio Wada as well as the Commmisioner of PT Wijaya Karya TBK of Indonesia, Mr. Edy Kristanto the CEO of Vincente T. Lao Construction of the Philippines, the Counsellor of the Indonesian Embassy, Hidayat Zakaria and other honour guests, to officially break the ground of the Clarins Bridge reconstruction project in Loay- Bohol Province, Philippines.
The Ground Breaking Ceremony on the reconstruction of this bridge marks another milestone partnership within the context of bilateral relations between Indonesia and the Philippines. It is a collaborative project that also involve a joint venture between the Indonesian Infrastructure Company PT Wijaya Karya TBK and Vincente T. Lao Construction of the Philippines, as the contractors.
The Clarins Bridge is situated along the Bohol Circumferential Road in Bohol Province which has been damaged due to a 7.2 magnitude earthquake last October 2013. The Clarins bridge has a total length of 104 linear meters designed with a Nielsens Arch Type Bridge rested on 1200mm diameters bored piles at abutments A and B and 425 linear meters Asphalt approach road. The construction of the new bridge is schedule to start on 15 April 2015 2018 and expected will be completed in 18 months (540 calendar days) by October 2019.
Bohol Province is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Philippines. The Philippines Government hopes the new bridge will provide safer, economical and reliable inter-regional and inter-urban mobility of people, good and services. It will also provide greater access to tourism sites across Bohol Province and further boost economic growth of Bohol and its neighboring provinces.
Under the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the Philippine government has launched a massive infrastructure development projects known as "Build Build Build". This infra development that is expected to progress until 2022 will expand the Philippines economic growth by 6-7% in the years to come. In 2017, the Philippines recorded an economic growth of 6.7%, one of the highest growth in the ASEAN region.
The structure of Philippine infrastructure development programs are mainly focused on the construction of highways and railway lines connecting the three main islands of the Philippines, namely Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. In this regard, the infrastructure development plan set-up by the Philippines Government has great potentials and open up wide ranging window of opportunities for Indonesian companies.
The quality of works and competitiveness of Indonesian Companies have attracted more attention from the Philippines, to further develop joint venture projects in many different areas of collaboration. On January 22, 2018, the Indonesian state-owned company, PT INKA, won another bid to supply two sets of Diesel Multiple Unit trains worth P485.3 million (USD 9.5 million / Rupiah 127.3 billion) to Philippine National Railways . This is one of the implementation of President Duterte's plan to expand railroads throughout the Philippines from the present 77km to 1,900km.
Philippine investors have likewise taken opportunity to invest in Indonesia’s infrastructure development, including the projects on toll roads, water facilities and in the energy sectors. In November 2017, Philippine based Metro Pacific Investments Corp. increased investments in Indonesia’s PT Nusantara Infrastructure Tbk with the amount of P 6.9 billion (USD 138 million).
The Clarin Bridge is expected to be completed in October 2019. It is a historic year for both countries in which marking the celebration of 70 years of Diplomatic Relations between Indonesia and the Philippines. It is our hope that this project serves as a continuing testimony of friendship and strategic partnership between Indonesia and the Philippines.