Pedestrian footbridges in Metro Manila will soon have its own washroom facilities, 24-hour security, surveillance cameras and covered walkways.
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino revealed the improvements will be achieved through the agency’s “Adopt-A-Footbridge” program.
The program was launched on Thursday at C-5 Libis, Eastwood, Quezon City, attended by Tolentino and representatives of private firms AMSI Builders and Illuminate Dynamic Media, Inc. (IDMI).
Under the program, AMSI Builders and IDMI will finance the repair, rehabilitation and improvement of the footbridges.
Part of the improvement will be the construction of Trellis and Polycarbonate covered walkway to protect pedestrians from extreme heat and rain.
Proper lighting will also be installed, along with CCTVs and 24-hour roving security personnel.
There will also be restrooms with water closets, lavatories and urinals, provisions for persons with disabilities (PWDs) and ornamental plants along the bridge span to reduce air pollution.
“With all these amenities, using the pedestrian footbridges will be a more pleasant commuter experience,” Tolentino said.
“The beauty in this Adopt-A-Footbridge program is that we will now be able to repair and rehabilitate our pedestrian footbridges at no expense, since this is a government-private sector partnership,” he said.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO